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31 March 2017 : Darren Previews The Carlisle United Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday's League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset, Darren reviews some of what went on last weekend at Exeter City and considers his summer recruitment plans. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Carlisle United.


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31 March 2017 : Way Says Improvements Have Been Made As He Considers Summer Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given a small update on his plans for the first team squad at the end of the 2016-17 season. As has often been the case in recent years at Huish Park, the decisions on their players contracts are being left until the tail end of the campaign, meaning that fifteen players are known to needing their futures to be resolved, certainly by the time the last ball is kicked if not before. Way has talked about a number of issues, including stating that he tried to recruit Reuben Reid from Exeter City in January, as well as revealing that he'd held talks with former Glover Lee Johnson about bringing loan players in from Bristol City.

The club currently lie in 18th place in the League Two table, separated by goal difference from last season's 19th place finish. Despite this wafer-thin difference between the two campaigns, Way told BBC Somerset that he believed there had been improvements made between the two seasons:

"I think we have made improvements. It's quite clear that I want to keep the assets that I have brought to the football club. To do that, it's going to take a lot of commitment from upstairs as well. I feel the future is as bright as what it can be with the resources that I am working with, and I want to make sure that we finish this season strong. I've only got three players in contract. So it's important with the assets that we've brought to the football club that we keep them, and that we remain here and we build on it again for next year, because we've not been too far apart."

Way hints at the notion that he feels the depth of the club's squad needs to be improved, pointing out that in recent weeks other clubs have been able to bring off their substitutes bench players that have made a difference to games, mentioning Exeter's David Wheeler and Reuben Reid along with Cambridge United striker Barry Corr, although in all three cases, injury and fitness issues were at the heart of why they were on their team's benches. Way says he believes that having players like that available in the squad are the difference between success and failure:

"Success and failure are not too far apart. Also there are expectations. We've had sixteen draws this year. When I look at our strength and depth within our squad and with what we need to add for next year, certainly with some of the games Leyton Orient had Gavin Massey score, and he's well out of our budget. Exeter brought on Reuben Reid and David Wheeler. No disrespect but they're probably well out (of the budget range). I tried to get Reuben Reid in January, but unfortunately we couldn't get anywhere near his wages. We played against Cambridge and they brought on Barry Corr. So I have to make sure where the improvements can be made. It's certainly the strength and depth within the squad, and to keep the current group that we've got who I think are good assets for the football club."

Way was also asked about his relationship with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, who used to be Way's partner in crime at Huish Park during their playing days. With the obvious link between the pair, he was asked if he'd considered taking players from Ashton Gate at any stage. He said that it had been discussed, but they'd not found a good match yet, so it had not been followed through:

"He (Lee Johnson) offered me one or two, and it wasn't quite right for the positions that I was looking for, and there were one or two that I felt that I could get better at other clubs. Unfortunately this year, it's not quite developed. It's not something that I wouldn't look to do. It's just unfortunate that it's not happened."


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31 March 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Saturday's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been set by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 1st April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be your friend and our friend - the one and only - Mr Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire).

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then where have you been? His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back 17 years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters minds, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle, but no, off he went. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

We were then serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev annoying the players and fans, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

However, he made his mighty return later that year for the August 2013 fixture against Reading during our year in the Championship. With 13 minutes remaining of a gutsy Glovers performance, Luke Ayling and Adam Le Fondre did battle close to the home terrace touchline, and with the ball looking like it was about to run out of play, Le Fondre went own. The Whistling Kettle decided to do his thing and award the penalty that won the game for the Royals. Watching back on the match video, the decision looked horrifically soft, and manager Gary Johnson berated the decision:

"I'm gutted for the lads because they've had that great performance taken away from them by that particular decision. And if you give that decision as it was, then you've got to give the one at the other end (when Michael Ngoo went down in the box), because in my opinion they are exactly the same. This particular referee likes to give penalties on occasions and is very quick to give them. I just think that sometimes you have to think about it for a couple of seconds. I'm going home pleased with my team, but a little bit angry with how the game has been won."

In February 2016, we had our most recent meeting involving Our Trev. We're not sure if he was maybe a bit off colour, but for the match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road - a vital six-pointer in which he could have easily stepped in and become the star of the show - he actually had a good unobtrusive game, with just one late yellow card and very little input into the game of note.

However, if you're wondering if he can stay out of the limelight now he's getting older then you'd be wrong. In February 2017, he took charge of the League Two match between Cambridge United and Newport County. During that game he awarded a penalty, and gave a red card to Newport's Mitchell Rose late on during the match. Whilst they couldn't appeal against the penalty itself, Newport successfully appealed against the red card dished out to Rose, and were successful in doing so. However, Kettle still had the last laugh - during the incident, Rose had knocked the red card out of Kettle's hand with it dropping to the floor, and so Rose was charged by the FA for misconduct. The end result was that he received a five match ban for that part of the incident, penalising him for a card that the FA agreed should never have been raised.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by the rather less famous Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Louis Marks (Hampshire).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Link: February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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30 March 2017 : Return Of Khan Possible For Carlisle Visit
Yeovil Town look as though they may be able to include Otis Khan in their playing squad for Saturday's home match against Carlisle United. The 21 year old has been absent for 16 matches since an ankle injury in the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s and since then it's been a bit of a slow burner as to when he would return, with a couple of false dawns during the two-and-a-half months that have passed.

Over the past week, our understanding is that Khan has been back in full training, and with his absence having coincided with some questionable form by the Glovers over that time, there is some hope that his presence may breathe some life into the tail end of the 2016-17 season. Manager Darren Way has told the club that he hopes that he hopes Khan will get onto the pitch as soon as possible although stops short of saying what sort of role that he will play:

"We've had Otis Khan training so that’s a real positive. He's definitely someone I'm looking to get in the team as soon as possible."

All the signs are that the match will come one game too soon for left-sided defender Nathan Smith, who has missed nine matches with medial knee ligament problems. He is in light training but with some obvious caution over his availability. Meanwhile although Alex Lawless is getting closer to recovering from his hamstring problem, he will not be ready for this weekend, whilst Darren Ward's swollen knee puts him out for the rest of the season.

The club have one player out on loan at present, with Joe Lea at Gosport Borough until the end of the 2016-17 season.


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30 March 2017 : Harvey Still Pushing For B Teams In Next Year's EFL Trophy
Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey is still convinced that the EFL Trophy has a future in its revamped format. The 2016-17 version of what was known in recent years as the LDV or JPT under previous sponsorship agreements, was transformed into a Group-based competition, featuring 'B Teams' from those clubs that had EPPP Category One Academy set-ups, mainly from the Premier League, but also featuring a number of clubs from the Championship level.

The inclusion of the sixteen 'B Teams' allowed those clubs to field teams in the competition, provided six of those players were aged Under-21 at the start of the season, meaning that although up to five over-age players could be utiised, League One and League Two sides were in most cases facing teams that formed part of their Development Squads - Yeovil Town played Reading Under-21s twice as part of their progress through the new format.

The problem for the competition was that supporters voted with their feet. Average attendances for the competition up to and including the semi-finals were just 1,404 compared with an average of 3,221 in the previous season. Gillingham's trip to play West Bromwich Albion Under-21s saw just 274 spectators turn up - a competition record low. Generally the matches against the Under-21 sides were those that were hit the hardest - Yeovil Town's 1,081 for their match against Reading Under-21s was the club's lowest home crowd in any first team competition since they entered the Football League.

Controversy continued when the Football League fined twelve clubs for breaching competition rules, due to them fielding fringe players - even if those players selected were good enough to win their matches. Luton Town boss Nathan Jones was particularly aggrieved, challenging the league in terms of their motives, pointing out that when the Hatters fielded their own Under-21 side against West Bromwich Albion Under-21s, the Premier League side were being explicitly encouraged to play their youngsters, yet Luton were being penalised if they did the same - as Jones pointed out, surely the Football League should be promoting the development of its own young players just as much (if not more) as the Premier League?

Despite all of this, Harvey is in bullish mood in the lead-up to Sunday's EFL Trophy final at Wembley Stadium. His mood comes on the back of the fact that over 70,000 tickets have been sold for the match. Mercifully for Harvey, the last Under-21 side - Swansea City - got knocked out at the Quarter-Final stages, and the final is being contested by two League One sides with strong traditional support that both lie within easy distance of Wembley - Oxford United and Coventry City. As such he is now claiming that the tournament has been a success:

"What we have created gives us a real opportunity of using this competition for the benefit of our clubs, the benefit of young players in this country and, as we will see on Sunday, the benefit of in excess of 70,000 fans hoping to cheer their side to victory."

The danger is that Harvey will use this picture as a means to persuade League One and League Two clubs to continue to adopt the new competition format, despite its opposition from fans until two established senior Football League sides reached the final. On April 11th there will be a meeting to decide what should happen to the competition, and a number of clubs - mainly those with strong links with their Supporters Trusts and Supporter Groups - have been commissioning their own surveys to get feedback on how fans saw their own club's role in the competition, and what options they would prefer for next season's tournament.

The snag is that it is fairly clear which way the Football League's Chief Executive is leaning, and he is now hoping to persuade the bigger Premier League clubs to join next season's competition - although there is no sign of him having any sort of commitment from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal who refused the invite, mainly on the grounds that they believed the current Premier League 2 fixture list was sufficient, although the EFL Trophy's fixture clash with international breaks did not help. Harvey believed he had 'reinvigorated' the tournament:

"Even with the Champions League there is often reference in the media to meaningless games in the group stages. We created group football in a competition that has not got the same profile as the Champions League. Yet we seem to have been set upon for creating this competition that nobody wanted. The reality is the competition was in decline. We have tried to do something to reinvigorate it. We believe we have. There is no doubt this competition would benefit from the more senior, higher-profile clubs playing in it next year. They will make their own choice. The support we have had from the Category One clubs that did compete will make it a lot easier for those clubs to join next season when they can see, very clearly, the benefits that come from competing."


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30 March 2017 : Webb Out As Orient Choose Fifth Manager Of 2016-17 Season
Former Yeovil Town striker Danny Webb has quit League Two side Leyton Orient after just 12 games in charge. Webb, who had been rapidly promoted from the club's Youth Team manager into the first team management hot seat was pretty much given an impossible task - trying to stop a freefalling Orient side by fielding a team that on occasions included up to 12 players aged 20 or under, including a number still eligible to play for his Under-18s side. Media claims via Sky Sports are that Webb texted all his players last night confirming his intention to resign, citing interference from the club's owner Francesco Becchetti as at the heart of his decision.

The end result was not surprising, even if a 4-0 win at Newport County did give his team some brief hope. In the end the 33 year old recorded two wins, one draw and nine defeats - the last of which was a 3-0 defeat against Crawley Town. Speaking after that match, he said of the problems of trying to hold things together given that he himself did not have a future beyond the end of the season that was clearly defined:

"I am out of contract at the end of the season. What is frustrating is that I am trying to think ahead for the club in the future - but I am not guaranteed to be here. If I was on a six-year contract and on silly money, I’d go 'that’s alright, I’ll just keep reading from the script each week', but I am not. I have put my guts on the line, knowing that you are going to have a hell of a lot more defeats than wins. Everyone was excited after the win at Newport County, and I could see it was great, but knew there would be a lot of days like these (3-0 defeat against Crawley) to come and looking at the bigger picture for next season. We have to be careful that over those six weeks there is not a lot more negativity. We have to stay a little positive, keep it that way to a degree, so we start next season with more of an up than a downer."

The man given the responsibility of creating that positivity at Brisbane Road will be Omer Riza who has been given the job until the end of the 2016-17 season. Rather incredibly Riza was Orient's Under-16s coach during the 2015-16 season and was Webb's assistant manager, and so is another that has been rapidly moved up the ranks. The 37 year old does have some management experience, having acted as a player-manager for Cheshunt during the 2013-14 season, but he's probably never had to deal with a club on the edge of falling out of the Football League, with an owner that spins a revolving door on players and management, and with an ongoing High Court case against them over unpaid debts. He becomes their fifth manager of the 2016-17 season.

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (16 games)
8. Andy Edwards (2 games, Caretaker)
9. Alberto Cavasin (10 games)
10. Andy Edwards (9 games)
11. Danny Webb (12 matches)
12. Omer Riza


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30 March 2017 : Yeovil Town Legend Alec Stock : Born 100 Years Ago Today
Former Yeovil Town manager Alec Stock was born exactly 100 years ago today. The man who went on to give Queens Park Rangers a double promotion, and Fulham an FA Cup Final appearance, was born in Somerset on March 30th 1917, in Peasedown St John. His three year spell as player-manager at Huish propelled the Glovers into the national spotlight and gave them their reputation as giant-killers that still stands today, including the legendary FA Cup victory over Sunderland - then the richest side in the country.

Although Alec passed away in April 2001, his legacy still lives on. Those who visit the upstairs bar at Huish Park will see a large picture of him in the Alec Stock Lounge, whilst the 2013-14 trip to Loftus Road, home of Queens Park Rangers became a special Alec Stock Day to remember the man who had given both clubs so much success.

For those who want to relive Alec's career, the tribute this site wrote shortly after his death, can be read in our history section whilst you can also watch a video that QPR compiled for the 2014 Alec Stock Day. And for old time's sake, the Pathe News footage of Yeovil's win over 'Bank Of England' side Sunderland, including a goal from Alec, can also be viewed.

Link: A Tribute To Alec Stock : 30th March 1917 - 16th April 2001.






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29 March 2017 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town travel to Whaddon Road where they played Cheltenham Town in a League Two match. What can we say about this match, except that it wasn't a very pretty one. The turf (or lack of) probably didn't help matters in an inert first half, but the Glovers' second half performance was probably their worst of the season, and they went down to a 2-0 defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw two players come out with some credit for their own personal performances - both were loanees. AFC Bournemouth midfielder Ben Whitfield only came on midway through the second half as a midfielder, but that was still good enough for him to be the runner-up in the poll. The winner was Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who had created the club's main chances during the first half, striking the post just before half time, before things fizzled out during the second period.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 46 (4)
2. Ben Whitfield 30 (2)
3. Tom Eaves 10 (1)
3. Kevin Dawson 10 (1)
5. Matt Butcher 8 (0)
6. Alex Lawless 6 (0)
6. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
6. Darren Ward 6 (0)
9. Alex Lacey 4 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 2.78
Performance : 2.67
Entertainment : 2.89
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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29 March 2017 : England Beach Soccer Midfielder Signed By Ladies Team
Yeovil Town Ladies have completed the signining of former Chicester City, Portsmouth Ladies and Bristol Academy (now Bristol City Ladies) midfielder Molly Clark. The midfield maestro, who also represents her country as part of the England Beach Soccer Team, has joined Jamie Sherwood's squad in the lead-up to the FAWSL1 Spring Series which begins next month. Sherwood has given his views of her arrival at the club:

"I am pleased to have signed Molly, she is a player yet again I have known for a while and absolutely know what she will bring to this group of players. She is a midfielder with good understanding of the game, knows how and when to play short or long and has the desire to show she can again compete at this level. She will add further depth and competition to our squad which enables us to keep that competitive environment in and around the club."
 
Molly has previous experience of playing FAWSL1 football whilst her time at Bristol in 2011 and making it to the FA Cup final against Arsenal. Clark returned to Portsmouth Ladies where she spent a further 3 seasons and in that time won the FA WPL Southern Division in 2015, however missed out on gaining promotion as current FAWSL2 side Sheffield FC won the play- off final.
 
The midfielder moved to FA WPL South West league contenders Chichester City, netting 12 goals so far this season and is ready for the new challenge that lies ahead. On signing she said:

"I am very happy to have been given another opportunity to compete at this level that I was once at and I feel Yeovil is the right club for me to take on this exciting challenge. Jamie has seen me play several times and knows about me as a player, he is aware of what I am capable of and what I can bring to the team. Training and preparations are going well and I am really enjoying myself, I have fitted in straight away because everyone at the club have made me feel so welcome. I am really excited for Spring Series, in fact it couldn’t come soon enough, we all itching to get out there and play!"
 
Clark is currently part of the England Beach Soccer Squad who are set to compete in the Euro Championships in Portugal this April.

Molly Clark joins Yeovil Town Ladies from Chichester City
Molly Clark joins Yeovil Town Ladies from Chichester City



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29 March 2017 : Glovers Trio Doing The 92 To Help Adam Stansfield Foundation
Three Yeovil Town supporters are planning a mammoth trek around the country collecting football memorabilia that will be used to raise money for two charities. Martin McConachie and his two sons Ryan and Harry are planning to visit all 92 Premier League and Football League grounds across a two week period, with the end aim of raising money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The basic aim is to collect signed shirts or other associated articles from as many of the clubs as possible, and to then use those items as a means to boost those charities. They will be starting off at Yeovil Town's Huish Park ground on Saturday 8th April; travelling on the day to the club's League Two fixture at Portsmouth (with stops at Bournemouth and Southampton) before heading around the country on a two week journey. To keep the aims of one of the charities firmly in mind, their final stop of the 92 will be St James Park, where they will hopefully see Exeter City play Morecambe on the day.

Martin has spoken to the Exeter Express and Echo about his plans and why he chose those two charities to benefit from their plans:

"I did the same trip back in 1998 and raised £4,750 for Macmillan, and I have been itching to do it again for years. My lads and I are mad keen Yeovil Town fans and Adam was a hero of ours when he was at Huish Park. His tragic death at the age of 31 was so very sad and after the Foundation was created in his name, it was an easy decision to raise funds for them. Sir Bobby was a personal hero of mine and his Foundation does some great work in the field of cancer treatment, so we are happy to help them too."

Their funding to get themselves around the country with a vehicle, fuel and hotel costs to consider, has been helped by sponsorship from Practical Car and Van Rental, Gulf UK and Redrow Homes, as well as an anonymous donor who has provided £140 towards their cause.

The estimated mileage for the trip is 2,750 - although there may be some variation on top of that because they have also received offers of help from clubs and organisations outside the top four flights, with the England national team at Wembley Stadium, Hereford, Palmers FC and a number of other non-league sides putting in offers of memorabilia, meaning they'll probably break three figures in terms of ground visits by the time they've finished.


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29 March 2017 : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
During mid-February, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park. The club's habit of conceding late goals, in matches that end up in draws was rather evident again - a Francois Zoko goal gave them the lead, before substitute Barry Corr gave a feeling of deja vu and a 1-1 draw in the 89th minute.

Man of the Match voting saw right-back Liam Shephard and goalscorer Francois Zoko take many of the plaudits on the night. The front runner was Bevis Mugabi, playing as a centre-back, and he finished as the poll winner. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Bevis Mugabi 166 (15)
2. Francois Zoko 140 (7)
3. Liam Shephard 80 (5)
4. Alex Lawless 66 (2)
5. Matt Butcher 34 (0)
6. Matthew Dolan 28 (1)
7. Ben Whitfield 16 (1)
8. Ryan Dickson 12 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.32
Performance : 5.55
Entertainment : 5.1
VOTES RECEIVED : 31


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28 March 2017 : Yeovil Town Not Willing To Reveal 'Private Sources' Funding Planning Applications
Yeovil Town Football Club have explicitly stated that they are not prepared to identify the 'private sources' who are funding the costs of their current Planning Applications. With the club having had running at least one submission to South Somerset District Council since January 31st 2012, they have been rather coy on how the costs of each application are to be met, with them only claiming that the funding needed would not affect the football club's playing budget or footballing operations.

This has persistently led to the question as to how those costs are being met, and what role those parties had in the planning application and its outcome. The Western Gazette have asked the club how much had been spent on the project so far, but were merely told that it was 'additional funding' from 'private sources' with no clue as to their motives. The club's response stated:

"The planning and appeal projects are funded by private sources who do not wish to be identified. This is additional funding into the club rather than from club resources such as the playing budget".

Elsewhere, the paper has asked general questions about the club's appeal against the refusal of a planning application on land just off the Western end of Thorne Lane. The Area South Planning Committee identified three reasons for refusal - the club say they are 'confident' they will win their appeal, but are only prepared to divulge their grounds for appeal once the details are in the public domain, claiming that they are based on 'a number of technical planning issues' that have 'complexity'.

The Planning Inspectorate website indicates that the appeal process has a 44 week timeline against it, meaning that it will take in the region of ten months before any firm outcome is known, with the actual appeal not taking place until Week 34, which would point to November 2017.


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28 March 2017 : Late Decision By Father Reaps Rewards For Shayon Harrison
Yeovil Town loan striker Shayon Harrison has said that his first professional first team goal came at the right time for him, given that his father decided to travel to see the match. The 19 year old Tottenham Hotspur player has struggled for game time since arriving at Huish Park in January, with Saturday's match at Exeter City being only his second league start for the club - the rest of his eleven appearances have been either in cup matches or from the substitute's bench.

Harrison doesn't reveal whether he knew if he was in the team or not by Friday night, but has told the Spurs official website that his father contacted him to say he was travelling down to Devon for the game. With Spurs coach Matt Wells also in attendance, that was a good time for him to score a 70th minute goal in the 3-3 draw. Harison explained the circumstances:

"My dad wasn’t going to come down but he said he had this feeling that I was going to score so he messaged me the night before and told me he was coming. That was a really nice surprise and Matt Wells, one of the Under-23s coaches at Spurs, came all the way down to support me as well so I was really grateful and appreciative of that. Thankfully I could repay the favour! It was a big relief for me, getting my first goal. I knew that if I kept working hard in training and kept trying in the games, a chance would come eventually and thankfully it came on Saturday."

Harrison has also revealed his home life whilst he is in Somerset. Like many of the Yeovil Town players, he is sharing a house, with defenders Tom James and Bevis Mugabi and goalkeeper Jonny Maddison keeping him company. He said that has helped him settle in during his first time away from London in his career:

"I share a house with three other Yeovil players – Tom James, Bevis Mugabi and Jonny Maddison. I’ve got a good relationship with all three of them and there’s a good bit of banter in the house as well, which is always nice! We all cook for ourselves, we’ve all got little time slots so nothing’s really a problem on that side of things and I’ve been out with a few of the lads to the cinema as well, watching games sometimes too. In general we all get along as a squad so it was really comfortable and easy for me to settle in early on and I think that’s played a big part in me as a Yeovil player."

The striker has also given his views on how the loan spell is helping with his own career development at Spurs, having previously been part of their Under-23s side. He has previously said that he has talked to players such as Ryan Mason and Harry Kane about their experience of the loan system, and so believes he has an obvious pathway to follow in their tracks, although admits League Two football is very different:

"It’s definitely a big change in footballing terms. Compared to Under-23s football it’s more physical, more intense on the pitch but it’s something that I needed in my career and I’m really happy with how things are going at the moment. I was really looking forward to coming here. I knew it was something that I’d need this early on in my career, to play men’s football. The ultimate goal is to play for Spurs and if I need to go out on loan in order to do that then I’m more than happy to do it. There have been players that have come from Spurs that have all had good times here in the past and I’ve spoken to a few of those lads. It was an easy decision to join and it’s one that I’m glad I made."


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28 March 2017 : Caulker Given Driving Ban After Breathalyser Refusal
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Steven Caulker has been given a driving ban following an incident earlier this month in Windsor. The Queens Park Rangers player appeared at Slough Magistrates today, charged with failing to provide a specimen for breath analysis required under the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The incident occurred in the Victoria Street multi-storey car park in Windsor, shortly after Caulker was seen leaving a kebab takeaway. He was stopped by police. As he failed to provide a breath test, he was arrested, and appeared in court this morning.

Caulker was fined £12,500 for the offence, with a further £255 for court costs, and has been given an 18 month driving ban. He remains on the books of Queens Park Rangers, although has not played since October 2016, due to a hip injury. The prosecutor in court today said of Caulker's actions:

"Mr Caulker was seen to drive, on closed circuit television footage, a black Range Rover estate vehicle at a car park in Victoria Street in Windsor. When police arrived he was standing next to the vehicle. The keys were on the driver's seat and the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was positioned with the driver's door open and the engine running. He was parked after trying to leave the car park by the barrier. He was given three opportunities to provide a breath sample but he was arrested and taken to Maidenhead Police Station. He was asked again to provide a sample but refused."

Caulker has issued his own statement through his solicitor, with the court confirming that he pleaded guilty to the offence before the hearing:

"The first thing Mr Caulker has asked me to say is that he unreservedly apologies for this offence. He is a professional footballer at Queens Park Rangers and as a professional, accepts the consequences of not complying as he should have done. He has had time to reflect on that and accepts that it was not the right thing to do. He is not proud of his behaviour. He is a man often in the spotlight because of his career and that means when he puts a foot wrong the public and tabloid press are there to capture his every detail. He drives to training every day but he can of course get taxis. The real inconvenience is he will not be able to see his young son who lives with his mother in Somerset. The reality is that he probably won't be able to see him as often and perhaps that is the punishment of this."


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28 March 2017 : Morton Nets First Premier League 2 Goal For Baggies
Former Yeovil Town Academy player Callum Morton's progress at West Bromwich Albion is continuing at an impressive pace. The 17 year old striker has been turning out at Under-23 level, having been promoted into those ranks following a run of form at Under-18 level that saw him score four goals in five games, and being given a spell where he trained directly with their first team under Tony Pulis.

Yesterday saw Morton net his first ever Premier League 2 goal as the Baggies development side recorded their first victory in that competition since October 2016. The former Torquay Academy pupil netted in the 19th minute as he peeled off his marker before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. West Brom went on to win the match by a 2-1 scoreline, with Callum playing the opening 88 minutes.

This was Callum's third appearance at Under-23 level - he'd already caught the eye in his previous match against Fulham Under-23s by providing the assist for Dan Meredith's goal in a 1-1 draw, after both players came off the bench to give West Brom an equalising goal.

West Bromwich Albion U23s: Rose, Fitzwater (c), O’Shea, Melbourne; Chambers (Wilding 70); Bradley, Harper, Edwards, McCourt (Clayton-Phillips 45); Morton (Pierce 88).


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27 March 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Responsible Actions
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's season began to assume caricature proportions as their habit of conceding late goals cursed them in a big way. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that game, and the pattern that has surrounded it throughout the season and considers where responsibilities do and don't lie on and off the pitch. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own thoughts at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Responsible Actions.


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27 March 2017 : Team Of The Week Nomination For Dolan After Exeter Draw
Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan has been included in the Football League's Team Of The Week. The former Middlesbrough Academy product provided two of the assists for Yeovil's three goals, with his smart through-ball for Francois Zoko giving the opening goal, whilst it was his free kick that allowed Alex Lacey to head home the club's third.

With no Championship matches this weekend, the Football League's nominated team gives an opportunity for League One and League Two sides to get some exposure. They have this to say about Dolan's performance:

"Dolan's deliveries were integral to Yeovil in Saturday's remarkable 3-3 draw with Exeter City. The 24-year-old created two of the Glovers' three second-half goals, before the Grecians launched their astonishing late comeback to earn a point."

Their full team of the week reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Dean Lyness (Blackpool)

Defender: Richard Duffy (Notts County)
Defender: Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle)
Defender: Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers)

Midfielder: Matt Dolan (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder: Callum Camps (Rochdale)
Midfielder: Josh Payne (Crawley Town)
Midfielder: George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)

Forward: Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Forward: John Akinde (Barnet)
Forward: Chris Porter (Colchester United)

Manager: Luke Williams (Swindon Town)


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27 March 2017 : 2017 Football League Awards Shortlists
The Football League have published the full shortlists for their 2017 Football League Awards. The evening's worth of celebrations based largely on the 2016-17 season, will be held in London on Sunday 9th April. Yeovil Town haven't made any of the shortlists this year - their one mention comes as part of the Goal Of The Year shortlist which sees Stephen O'Donnell's goal for Luton Town back in August 2016 at Kenilworth Road on the final selection of ten strikes that will be judged.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season:
Chris Wood – Leeds United
Dwight Gayle – Newcastle United
Anthony Knockaert – Brighton & Hove Albion

Sky Bet League One Player of the Season
Billy Sharp – Sheffield United
Josh Morris – Scunthorpe United
John Fleck – Sheffield United

Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season
John Marquis – Doncaster Rovers
James Coppinger – Doncaster Rovers
Danny Hylton – Luton Town

EFL Young Player of the Season
John Swift – Reading
Ryan Ledson – Oxford United
Ollie Watkins – Exeter City

Football Manager Team of the Season
To be revealed on the night.

Sir Tom Finney and Contribution to League Football Awards
To be announced on the night

PFA Player in the Community
Liam Rosenior – Brighton & Hove Albion
Andy Butler – Doncaster Rovers
Christian Burgess – Portsmouth

EFL Supporter of the Year
Pav Samra – Derby County
Zoe Edge – Chesterfield
Paul Mayfield – Doncaster Rovers

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – Championship
Blackburn Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League One
Millwall, MK Dons

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League Two
Carlisle United, Stevenage

Checkatrade Community Club of the Year
North West – Wigan Athletic
North East & Yorkshire – Rotherham United
Midlands – Burton Albion
London – Fulham
South East – Brighton & Hove Albion
South West & Wales – Portsmouth

LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship
Ben Brereton – Nottingham Forest
Lloyd Kelly – Bristol City
George Hirst – Sheffield Wednesday

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League One
Lewis Butroid – Scunthorpe United
Matthew Gillam – Rochdale
Callum Cockerill-Mollett – Walsall

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League Two
Myles Judd – Leyton Orient
Alex Fletcher – Plymouth Argyle
Leon Davies – Cambridge United

Mitre Goal of the Year
Adam Hammill : Barnsley : 29 May v Millwall
Darren Bent : Derby County : 5 Nov v Wolves
Wes Hoolahan : Norwich City : 15 Oct v Rotherham United
Lee Tomlin : Bristol City : 30 Apr v Huddersfield Town
Fabio Da Silva : Cardiff City : 23 Feb v Middlesbrough
Steve Sidwell : Brighton & Hove Albion : 5 Nov v Bristol City
Ricky Holmes : Northampton Town : 13 Feb v Leyton Orient
Nathan Thomas : Hartlepool United : 1 Oct v Grimsby Town
Michael Doyle : Portsmouth : 8 Mar v Accrington Stanley
Stephen O'Donnell : Luton Town : 13 Aug v Yeovil Town

Link: 2016-17 League Two Team Of The Season.


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27 March 2017 : Carlisle Lose Striker For Huish Park Visit After Red Card
League Two side Carlisle United will travel to Yeovil Town on Saturday without one of their key strikers. Shaun Miller, who has made 35 appearances, scoring seven goals this season, will start a four match suspension after he was sent off in their League Two home match against Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.

Miller was given his marching orders in the 51st minute of the match whilst the visitors were already a goal up. The Carlisle News and Star describe it as a 'dreadful challenge' on Oliver Turton that produced a straight red for serious foul play, and so it doesn't seem likely that the Cumbrians will be appealing. He gets the four match ban as it is his second red card of the season, and that suspension will start with the trip to Huish Park.

To say Carlisle are on a catastrophic run of form would be to downplay their current predicament. On the final day of the January transfer window, they stood in a very comfortable automatic promotion position as one of the top three sides that had broken away at the top of the division. Draw up a League Table since that day though, and they would be a bottom two side, propped up only by financial basket case Leyton Orient.

More recent form has suggested an acceleration of their woes. They've not scored in 686 minutes worth of football - seven-and-a-half matches - and have picked up just one point during that time. Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Crewe saw them drop out of the League Two play-off positions. Given at the end of November 2016, they had gone top of the division, their slip to the point at which they may not even make the play-offs is extraordinary.

Much of their problems appear to stem from their Transfer Deadline Day decision to sell striker Charlie Wyke to League One side Bradford City. He had scored 14 goals in League Two up until that point, but they sold him for an undisclosed fee, claimed by the Bradford fee to be in the region of £250,000, and particularly when they've gone seven games without scoring, that tends to point to why the wheels have fallen off so badly.


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27 March 2017 : Alex Lacey Talks About The Exeter City Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-3 draw against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town defender Alex Lacey spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his views on the way the match ended, as well as talking about the three goals scored at the other end. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Alex Lacey Speaks To The BBC After The 3-3 Draw Against Exeter City.


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26 March 2017 : GWSC Travel To Portsmouth
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Portsmouth. The match takes place at Fratton Park on Saturday 8th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Portsmouth : Saturday 8th April 2017.
Huish Park: 10.15a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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26 March 2017 : Video : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 3-3 draw against Exeter City at St James Park, these are now online. View the opening goals from Francois Zoko, Shayon Harrison and Alex Lacey ... and then if you dare, keep on watching to find out what happened in the space of 238 seconds later on in the game. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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25 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-3 draw against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the extraordinary finish to the match, his views on the players' mentality, his substitutions and the Grecians comeback can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Away Game.


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25 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-3 draw against Exeter City at St James Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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25 March 2017 : Darren Way Criticises Players Body Language After Late Capitulation In Exeter Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way accused his players of showing poor body language after they collapsed at the tail end of this afternoon's 3-3 draw at St James Park. At 3-0 up on 88 minutes, the Glovers were cruising to victory, with goals from Francois Zoko, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison and defender Alex Lacey having put them in the driving seat against Exeter City.

Way suggested that the turning point of the match was when David Wheeler pulled the game back to 3-1 on 88 minutes. Even though the Glovers still held a two goal advantage at that stage, the Glovers boss suggested that his players looked deflated by that goal, and allowed the home side to get back into the game. He said that if he could have made more than the three substitutions that he did, he would have to take off a number of other players to stop the way the game unfolded:

"I think the dressing room as a group were bitterly disappointed. I felt when the first goal went in we certainly conceded in quick succession. I think with our body language it took us long to get up and we looked deflated after the first goal. If I could have made six changes, just by looking at their body language, then I probably would have. But with the goals going in, in quick succession, I think the players have got to take responsibility about the way that we should have managed that game better. What I have to do as a manager is obviously to go over those goals and make sure we do our best for that to not happen again."

Way also cited Exeter's own substitutions in that they introduced top scorer David Wheeler just before half time whilst the scoreline was still 0-0 and then brought on old boy Reuben Reid 69 minutes into the match whilst the scoreline was 1-0. Ultimately both players got on the scoresheet, and Way felt that the introduction of those players made a difference to the way the game unfolded:

"I look at it and they're bringing on Reuben Reid and David Wheeler comes on. So the additions that they made with the squads that these teams have got, I understand that there will be a reaction. That's what Reuben can do. But you've got to be strong enough and resilient enough, and show enough knowledge so that even at 3-0 up, if one goal goes in, you are able to take care of that. Obviously quite clearly we didn't."


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25 March 2017 : Exeter 3 Yeovil 3 : Shellshock As Glovers Throw Away Win With Three Late Goals
Yeovil Town threw away a three goal lead in this afternoon's match against Exeter City this afternoon. Having been 3-0 up with two minutes remaining, the Glovers conceded three times to be left with a disappointing 3-3 draw. The match saw all six goals scored in the second half and it seemed to be all Yeovil when Francois Zoko slotted home from a Matt Dolan through ball, before Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison scored his first ever goal for the club. The Glovers were cruising when Alex Lacey headed home a Dolan free kick, but from 88 minutes onwards it fell apart for them. David Wheeler pulled one back and that seemed to spark panic as Troy Brown headed home during the first minute of injury time, before old boy Reuben Reid equalised to steal a draw at the death.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up from last weekend's match against Accrington Stanley. Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison was preferred for Tom Eaves, in what was the only change to the entire eighteen. In the Exeter line-up, former Glovers Reuben Reid and Joel Grant were only given places on the bench, whilst for Yeovil Town Artur Krysiak was between the sticks against his old club.

The opening 20 minutes saw both sides struggling to create anything that would test the goalkeepers. Kevin Dawson put over the crossbar, whilst Alex Lacey was kept busy by having to block out two goalbound attempts from Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor. Taylor then fired wide of the target, with Exeter looking impressive on the break, but thankfully having little to show for it.

As the half progressed both sides gradually began to make the keepers work for it, with Ollie Watkins seeing a deflected shot saved by Krysiak before Ben Whitfield had a long distance effort saved by Christy Pym. The best chance of the half though fell to Shayon Harrison. A set piece saw Francois Zoko flick the ball into the Spurs loanee's path but when he tried to convert, Pym clawed the ball away superbly for a corner. That was as close as it came, with the home side's chances fizzling out a bit, perhaps not helped by them losing Jake Taylor to injury just before the break, replaced by David Wheeler.

For such a quiet first half, there were no signs that we'd see an extraordinary second period, although Bevis Mugabi's huge slice of the ball almost caused an own goal during the opening minute of the second period, leaving Krysiak having to save his blushes by palming the ball away from his goal. Krysiak was also busy when he saved low down to his right from an Ollie Watkins shot as Exeter broke, and then again from Ryan Harley, before he beat away another Watkins attempt.

With the home side clearly on top, it was a slight surprise when Yeovil Town took a 62nd minute lead. All they'd managed in the second period was a penalty appeal when Shayon Harrison and Jordan Moore-Taylor tangled in the box, with referee Darren Drysdale ignoring the loud protests. But when Matty Dolan threaded a superb through ball to Francois Zoko he had made a clever run off the ball, leaving him with the chance to finish into the bottom corner. 0-1 up.

Almost straight from kick-off, and Artur Krysiak could have scored a goal against his old club. His long kick up field saw Christy Pym way out of position and having to scamble back to palm the ball away for a corner - you could only imagine the scenes if that had gone in on his old stomping ground. Exeter made a substitution and a formation change as they switched to three at the back, introducing former Glover Reuben Reid for a left-back, in a rather attacking change.

That looked to have backfired when Yeovil doubled their lead. Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan combined to force a corner, which saw Shayon Harrison's header saved. But a minute later, Ben Whitfield gave Harrison a second great opportunity as his strong shot was parried up in the air by Pym, leaving Harrison the chance to nod home the rebound for a 2-0 lead.

Yeovil Town appeared to switch to a 4-3-3 around this point, presumably to counteract Exeter's own change, whilst goalscorer Harrison was withdrawn for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. And they appeared to have sown the game up when Lloyd James fouled the new substitute on 78 minutes. Matty Dolan's free kick was swung in, and Alex Lacey headed home for a 3-0 lead. With 12 minutes left, game over surely?

The Glovers could have gone four up when Akpa Akpro had his shot saved by Pym, but with two minutes remaining, Exeter got themselves a tiny lifeline. Ryan Harley's shot was touched Reuben Reid inside the box, and the loose ball fell to David Wheeler who fired home for what should have been at 1-3 and on 88 minutes, merely a consolation goal.

Tom Eaves was brought on for Francois Zoko, and just as the clock ticked around to five minutes of signalled injury time, Exeter got their second goal of the afternoon. Lloyd James put in a corner into the box, and Troy Brown headed home for a 2-3 scoreline. The capitulation was then completed when Jack Stacey's cross into the box was fired home by Reuben Reid 93 minutes into the match. From 3-0 up, to a 3-3 draw in 238 seconds. The only wonder was that Yeovil held out the final couple of minutes and didn't end up losing the game, as their shellshocked players crumbled in front of what was by now a jubilant St James Park crowd. Two points undeniably dropped - again.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (0-1, 62 mins), Shayon Harrison (0-2, 70 mins), Alex Lacey (0-3, 78 mins), David Wheeler (1-3, 88 mins), Troy Brown (2-3, 91 mins), Reuben Reid (3-3, 93 mins).

Exeter City:
30 Christy Pym
31 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 6 Jordan Tillson 7 Ryan Harley
14 Ollie Watkins 19 Liam McAlinden

Substitutes:
1 Robert Olejnik 11 David Wheeler (45 mins for Jake Taylor) 12 Joel Grant 16 Matt Oakley 28 Jack Stacey (57 mins for Liam McAlinden) 29 Luke Croll 33 Reuben Reid (69 mins for Craig Woodman)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (89 mins for Francois Zoko) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (90 mins for Ben Whitfield) 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (77 mins for Shayon Harrison) 32. Tom James

Exeter City Bookings: Lloyd James (77 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (45 mins, foul), Artur Krysiak (73 mins, timewasting)

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 5,492 (with 835 Yeovil Town supporters).


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25 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Exeter City Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Exeter City kicked off at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the selection of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison and on the pitch and opponents can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Exeter City.


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25 March 2017 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Accrington Stanley last weekend. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison comes in for Tom Eaves, who drops to the bench. Otherwise the squad of eighteen is unchanged.

In the lead-up to Saturday's game, manager Darren Way defended Tom Eaves' form, despite him having gone on a long run of games without scoring. He believes the expectations on the striker's shoulders are very high:

"He has probably played more games than what he's ever played. The expectations of Tom are very high. Also as well he's had to carry a lot of that front line because we've lost Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan. He has given everything that he could possibly give, but Tom has developed here, within a year. What he's got to do next year, is that there will be pressure to make sure that for the eight goals he scored this year, he's got to be looking at double figures."

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City attacker Owain Jones.

Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) and Alex Lawless (hamstring). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James

Exeter City:
30 Christy Pym
31 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 6 Jordan Tillson 7 Ryan Harley
14 Ollie Watkins 19 Liam McAlinden

Substitutes:
1 Robert Olejnik 11 David Wheeler 12 Joel Grant 16 Matt Oakley 28 Jack Stacey 29 Luke Croll 33 Reuben Reid


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25 March 2017 : Yeovil Town Appeal Against Thorne Lane Planning Application
Yeovil Town Football Club have decided to appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission relating to land just off Thorne Lane. The club had planned to convert a farmer's field into a community recreation ground, but the application was refused in September 2016 with the South Somerset District Council Area South Planning Committee citing three reasons for the failure to proceed.

Six months have now passed without the club providing any reaction to the refusal bar their statement that gave an immediate reaction. However, they have now indicated that they lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate on Friday. The club's Planning Agent David Bell says:

"An appeal has been submitted which now has to go through the validation process. We have asked for a hearing rather than written representations or a full inquiry. Once validated, the appeal will be heard by an impartial Inspector."

The club have not identified what their grounds for appeal are. The Planning Inspectorate are Bristol-based although represent National Government. Their website indicates that it can take up to 34 weeks for an appeal to be heard, with the decision only made 10 weeks after the hearing. Of the initial 34 weeks, the first three weeks involve the Planning Inspectorate performing receipt and validation activities before an Inspector is appointed to looked after the Appeal, with that person given 12 weeks to scrutinise the case. There is then a 19 week notice of the actual Hearing. In practice though the whole process may take around 10 months to reach its conclusion.

Perhaps significantly their guidelines indicate that parties can only appeal within six months of the date of the decision notice from the local planning authority. The Decision Notice for the Thorne Lane application is dated September 27th 2016, meaning that the club only had until Monday to lodge their appeal. They indicate that the appeal was lodged on Friday.


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24 March 2017 : Ward Steps Back From Ladies Duty After Pregnancy Announced
Yeovil Town Ladies are to temporarily lose the services of striker Helen Ward for the forthcoming FAWSL1 Spring Series. The former Reading FC Women, Arsenal and Chelsea player is to step back for the foreseeable future after the club announced her pregnancy, with her family expecting their second child.

Ward had been left out of the club's recent FA Cup Fifth Round match at Notts County and the Welsh international has now confirmed that she has had a scan that will mean she will not be playing any football over the next few months. Boss Jamie Sherwood has admitted it is a blow to lose such an experienced player, but insists that it is for happy reasons and expects her to return to the fold:

"This news is bitter sweet for me as I have been a big admirer of Wardie since her days at Watford. I have been really excited to see Wardie play in a green and white shirt and in addition working with our younger strikers and helping the club establish themselves in WSL 1. The news for her and Matt is fantastic that they will be adding a brother or sister to Emily and making their family even more special. I can assure all that Wardie will return and we will be working with her and our Medical and Sports Science team to make sure that we can support her in anyway possible and I know I will be at the front of queue to speak with her when she is ready to return. This is a special time for the Ward family and I am looking forward to meeting the newest addition to YTLFC family later this year."

Ward has added that whilst she will have to wait a long while for her debut with the Glovers, she will be keeping in full contact with her new teammates as a spectator:

"We are obviously very excited about the news as are the whole family, however it is also sad for me that I won't be able to play in the Spring. All that this wonderful club have done for me has been absolutely spot on from the players to the management and those higher up. I am so grateful for that and I can't wait to cheer them all on over the next few months."

Ward had only been drafted in as a new signing last month from Reading Women. As the record goalscorer for Wales, with 41 goals, her experience will eventually count for a lot, but it will be a while before we see her in green'n'white colours. Good luck to her over the coming months.


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24 March 2017 : Darren Previews The Exeter City Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his side's hopes between now and the end of the season, his thoughts on former Glover Paul Tisdale, who manages the Exeter side, and sets a target for next season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Exeter City.


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24 March 2017 : Funeral Arrangements For Dave Taylor
Funeral arrangements are in place to pay tribute to former Yeovil Town player Dave Taylor, who died last week. The Martock-based former striker passed away in Yeovil District Hospital on the 12th March 2017 aged 76 years.

The funeral service will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Tuesday 28th March 2017, starting at 10.40a.m. There is a request for Family flowers only - if you wish to make a donation in lieu of that, in memory of Dave, then they are making a collection for Monkey World in Wareham, Dorset.

Cheques and donations may be sent c/o Clive Wakely, A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil. BA21 4BT Tel : 01935 479913 Please make cheques payable to The Jim Cronin Memorial Fund - a charity set up to benefit the ape rescue centre.

Link: RIP Dave Taylor - Yeovil's Record-Breaking Goal Scorer.


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24 March 2017 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at St James Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, but meetings have thinned out radically over recent times - just four matches over the last nine years. Those four have largely seen him have decent games. We're probably our most critical for his last visit to Huish Park - he took charge of the April 2015 match against Notts County that was the day we were relegated from League One. There we felt that his second half performance got increasingly messy and threatened to turn what was largely a run-of-the-mill match into a game where players were getting tetchy and frustrated. It didn't quite boil over, but he could have done better to keep a lid on things.

The other three recent matches included the February 2014 home match against Doncaster Rovers which saw us win 1-0, with no bookings for Glovers players. Prior to that he took charge of the first match of Gary Johnson's second spell with the club (sort of) as he watched the team that had been selected by Terry Skiverton the day before lose 4-0, in a game where we are significantly outclassed. Before that was the August 2011 away match at Walsall, and we barely noticed him on the day - just one late booking each for both sides and nothing too messy otherwise.

You then have to go back three years to the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time. Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

In our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One, referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card. The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers earlier that season, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty. OK, we're wearing green-tinted spectacles, but it was an awful blunder and had everything to do with a referee needing to give a match-changing decision in the final seconds of a game right in front of the home end of the stadium. He needed to be stronger and wasn't. A rookie back then, he's thankfully got better as the years have gone by.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2008 : Ciderspace Match Report: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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23 March 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the short trip to Exeter City at St James Park. For those travelling to Devon, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with information on tickets, travel, parking, pub guides, past meetings and other such things. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

The main Grandstand at St James Park
The main Grandstand at St James Park
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23 March 2017 : Way Cautious On Injured Pair's Comeback
Yeovil Town will travel to Exeter City this weekend still needing to make a decision on whether left-back Nathan Smith and wide man Otis Khan are ready to make a return to the first team teamsheet. Recent reports suggested that Khan was slightly ahead of Smith in terms of his rehab work, although only by a matter of days, meaning that it could be that both end up returning for the same match.

Whether that is this weekend, or next week's home match against Carlisle United is another question. Khan has been out the longest, with his fifteen match absence taking in over two months since he was last seen in an EFL Trophy game against Reading Under-21s, with an ankle injury the problem. Smith's medial knee ligament problem has so far taken eight matches to sort out, with him having picked up the problem during the tail end of the match against Leyton Orient in February.

That manager Darren Way has stated of the pair 'We don't want to push them too early' in today's press conference, may give a clue as to where is thoughts are leaning. With the Glovers more-or-less safe from any relegation concerns, it's probably more important that they are fit for the summer months than risk aggravating a weakness. Way explained that both were largely in the same boat:

"Otis has been training this week but we've got to make a decision on him. Nathan has been doing very well this week and falls in the same category. We don't want to push them too early."

Expectations are that Alex Lawless won't be part of the squad that heads to Exeter - his hamstring injury sustained at Morecambe two weeks ago will probably need a bit longer to sort out. Meanwhile club captain Darren Ward's swollen knee means he won't play again this season.

As usual, the club will need to leave two of their loan players out of the squad, with Swansea City's Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons' winger Kabongo Tshimanga generally being the fall guys. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.


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23 March 2017 : Minute's Silence Prior To Saturday's Exeter City Match
There will be a minute's silence held prior to the start of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City. The Football League have instructed all member clubs to carry out a mark of respect to all of those who lost their lives or were injured in yesterday's incident in Westminster, London that saw one policeman murdered and three other members of the public lose their lives.

All matches played across March 25th and 26th will hold the silence, with the League adding that it gives fans and clubs an opportunity to "pay tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s attacks and the emergency services who acted bravely and decisively in the aftermath." League One side Charlton Athletic have confirmed that PC Keith Palmer, who was the policeman on duty at Westminster, was an East Stand Season Ticket Holder at their club, and plan to hold their own personal tribute at their next home game.


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23 March 2017 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Accrington Stanley Draw
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Francois talks about the goal he was credited with, the injury he received during the game, and the frustations of only coming out of the match with a 1-1 draw. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Accrington Stanley.


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23 March 2017 : Johnson Leaves Hospital After Heart Bypass Operation
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson left hospital yesterday, after being deemed well enough to return home to continue his rehabilitation. The Cheltenham Town boss went under the knife for a triple heart bypass operation last week but within six days has headed back to his home in the Bristol area.

The Gloucestershire Echo even report that Johnson has been considering attending Cheltenham's match at Barnet this weekend as a spectator, although admit that is probably going to be a bit too soon for him. For the immediate future, his assistant Russell Milton has been acting as interim manager over the last three games, and that will continue for the moment, even if there appear to be hopes that Johnson will be back in position before the end of the season. Milton told the Echo that he was even talking to his boss about their match on Saturday:

"I have spoken to the gaffer two or three times and he sounds a lot better. He returned home on Wednesday and he has got his spirit back. He is aware of everything that's going on and has seen everything. We have spoken about Saturday's team, but all is well first and foremost and long may it continue. The gaffer can help a lot and he is here in mind, but not body at the moment."


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23 March 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played host to Leyton Orient in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match became one of frustration as a Francois Zoko goal appeared to have won the match, only for a late equaliser by old boy Gavin Massey to put a spanner in the works. The end result was a 1-1 draw that probably pleased the Londoners more than it pleased us.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Tom Eaves praised for his role in the central part of the front three, whilst Ben Whitfield picked up plenty of votes from the right-side of midfield that he occupied in the absence of Kevin Dawson, who was suspended. The poll winner, who finished just ahead of Whitfield was goalscorer Francois Zoko who had played as one of the wide strikers.

Full results, with outright MOTM Votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Francois Zoko 156 (11)
2. Ben Whitfield 148 (9)
3. Tom Eaves 54 (4)
4. Liam Shephard 38 (1)
5. Nathan Smith 30 (1)
5. Matthew Dolan 30 (1)
7. Alex Lawless 28 (2)
8. Artur Krysiak 22 (0)
9. Darren Ward 14 (1)
10. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
11. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.43
Performance : 4.4
Entertainment : 4.47
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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22 March 2017 : Lea Sees Bath Beaten As Gosport Revival Continues
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea made his ninth appearance for Gosport Borough last night, as he helped his side to their second consecutive win. Having shocked St Albans City on Saturday, in a 4-0 win that saw the former Southampton academy player score his first goal as part of his half-season loan spell, Lea played a full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Bath City, who had been in strong form leading into the match.

Their winning goal came after just five minutes, with Sam Lanahan finding the back of the net. Lanahan played for Yeovil Town's Under-18s during the 2009-10 season, before moving to Dorchester Town and later Blackfield and Langley in the Wessex League, but signed for Gosport in the summer of 2016.

Gosport's two wins in three days have given them a bit of hope in their battle against the drop. With seven games remaining they are now within two points of Truro City and Whitehawk who lie just above them in the National League South table.

Gosport Borough: Jordan, Dawson, Bird, Lanahan, Sanders, Oastler, Lea, Harding, Lee, Wright (Brice 80), Suraci (Bailey 65).


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21 March 2017 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town travelled a League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. The end result was a 1-1 draw with the home side grabbing a lead through Padraig Amond before Matty Dolan upset some of his home town friends by scoring from the penalty spot after Francois Zoko was felled inside the box.

Man of the Match voting saw Nathan Smith praised as a centre-back, whilst Francois Zoko's role as a left-sided forward doubtless was seen as influential given that he won the equalising spot kick. However, the poll winner, with some strong agreement was goalscorer Matty Dolan. Full results, with outright MOTM votes, are as shown below:

1. Matthew Dolan 30 (3)
2. Francois Zoko 18 (1)
3. Nathan Smith 16 (1)
4. Ben Whitfield 8 (0)
5. Darren Ward 6 (0)
5. Matt Butcher 6 (0)
7. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.2
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 6.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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21 March 2017 : 2016-17 League Two Team Of The Season
The Football League have revealed their Team Of The Season for the 2016-17 League Two campaign. The selection has in the past been made by individual managers, but this season the League indicate that each of the League's 72 clubs nominated a 'local media representative' who would then choose 11 players from the relevant division, along with a manager, who they believed represented the best 'team' that they'd seen during the season. Nominations were not allowed to include selections for their local team.

Not too surprisingly, given the club's current 17th placed position in League Two, there weren't any Yeovil Town players nominated. The eventual team was made up of two players from Doncaster Rovers, three from Portsmouth, two from Plymouth Argyle and two from Blackpool, with Stevenage and Exeter City getting one each. The Manager of the Season for League Two was Doncaster's Darren Ferguson.

The full list of players was as follows:

Goalkeeper: David Forde (Portsmouth)

Defender: Enda Stevens (Portsmouth)
Defender: Christian Burgess (Portsmouth)
Defender: Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle)
Defender: Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool)

Midfielder: Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle)
Midfielder: James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers)
Midfielder: Brad Potts (Blackpool)

Forward: Matt Godden (Stevenage)
Forward: John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers)
Forward: Ollie Watkins (Exeter City)

Manager: Darren Ferguson (Doncaster Rovers)

At League One level, former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Morris, who currently plays for Scunthorpe United was included in the third tier's Team of the Season. As a 20 year old, the left-sided midfielder had a five game loan spell with the Glovers just after Gary Johnson commenced his second spell with the club whilst on the books of Blackburn Rovers, but suffered with illness during his stay with the club that disrupted his stay in Somerset. This season he's scored 20 goals for Scunthorpe - an impressive haul for a player not part of the front line strike force.

The selections are being made in advance of the Football League's 2017 Annual Awards evening, which takes place in London on Sunday 9th April.


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21 March 2017 : Nathan Jones: I Had Gone As Far As I Could At Yeovil
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has signed a new contract with League Two side Luton Town. The decision to put the 43 year old on a new deal gives a sign to Hatters fans that their future under the Welshman will not be affected by how they do between now and the end of the season, despite it being far from certain that they will gain an automatic promotion or even a play-off position. They currently lie in 5th place in the League Two table, but with a batch of in-form teams around them, the pressure has been on them to hold that place.

Rather than wait until the summer to sort things out, the Hatters board have given Jones a three-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at Kenilworth Road until the summer of 2020, extending a deal that was due to expire at the end of next season. Jones had been appointed in January 2016, in what was his first permanent front line position, after he decided to leave Brighton and Hove Albion, having acted as their Under-21 manager, first team coach, assistant manager and even caretaker manager during his time with the Seagulls.

Jones has had 70 games in charge so far, winning 34 of those and drawing 17 of them during that 14 month spell, and he has spoken about his evolution as a manager, including going back to his decision to leave Yeovil Town back in June 2012. At the time, the former left-back had said that he felt his progression as a coach had 'stunted' a bit, and the suspicion was that having been an assistant manager at Huish Park, that he wasn't interested in the long run at being third in command with the Glovers behind Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton. He has now admitted that he had ambitions to become a fully fledged first team manager even back then, and felt he had to move on to achieve his goal:

"I knew it (that he wanted to become a first team manager) when I was at Yeovil. I had gone as far as I could so went to work with Paul Hart (at Charlton Athletic) as an U21s manager, so I could manage my own group and test my development. I had a good education, working with three fantastic managers (at Brighton and Hove Albion). Chris Hughton was very experienced, Oscar Garcia was an up and coming Barcelona protege, and Sami Hyppia, although he didn't have the most successful of times there, was a wonderful man to work for."

By the time Jones had made his decision to join Luton Town as their manager, he had performed roles at Yeovil Town, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion across a seven year period. He admitted that a short 2014 spell as Brighton's Caretaker Manager had made him realise he wanted to move forward, and said by that point it was a question of waiting for the right position to come along:

"I had an unbeaten stint as caretaker at Brighton which gave me that hunger. and there came a point when I realised I was ready. I served a seven-year apprenticeship and felt I was ready. I had other chances to leave but never took them, but Luton felt right. I gambled on my own future and the club gambled on me as well, so it was a good fit. They wanted a manager with a vision and a long term goal who was going to work with players, and I want to improve players and develop myself."


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20 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Accrington Stanley Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the need to entertain the supporters during the remaining games, and his thoughts on the players' contractual situations. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Accrington Stanley.


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20 March 2017 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Colchester United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 at the Community Stadium with a 5.30p.m. kick-off. Fans intending to make the trip for the final match of the 2016-17 season should note that there is a monumentally complicated sliding scale of admission prices, based on how early you purchase your ticket.

The effect of this is that an Adult ticket can cost as much as £6.50 less if you purchase your ticket now, compared to if you leave it until matchday itself.

Tickets Purchased between 20/03/2017 and 31/03/2017:
Adults: £14.50; Concessions: £10.00; Aged 18-21: £11.00; Under-18s: £8.00; Under-14s: £3.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 01/04/2017 and 14/04/2017:
Adults: £16.00; Concessions: £11.00; Aged 18-21: £12.00; Under-18s: £9.00; Under-14s: £3.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 15/04/2017 and 28/04/2017:
Adults: £17.50; Concessions: £12.50; Aged 18-21: £12.50; Under-18s: £9.50; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 29/04/2017 and 05/05/2017:
Adults: £19.00; Concessions: £14.00; Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-14s: £4.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased on Matchday (from the Community Stadium):
Adults: £21.00; Concessions: £16.00; Aged 18-21: £17.00; Under-18s: £13.00; Under-14s: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

The free tickets for Under-11s are sold only if you are purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time. You can get up to four Under-11 tickets under a single adult ticket. After that the 'Additional Under-11s' charge applies.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s and members of the Armed Forces (with ID).

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

Parking at the ground can be prebooked at www.colutickets.com

Given the complexities of the above pricing structure, the Ticket Office will not be selling these online - you'll need to call them on 01935-847888 or visit the Ticket Office in person.

We've done several different locations at Colchester's current ground, but for our last few visits, away fans have been switched to the East Stand, getting a couple of blocks, with Block E1 being their starting point. This is the one nearest the corner flag where the East and North Stands join.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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20 March 2017 : Orient Survive High Court Winding Up Order As Case Adjourned By Three Months
League Two side Leyton Orient live to fight another day, after their Winding Up Order brought by HMRC was confirmed as having been settled. At the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the East London side were there to answer a case brought by the taxman back in February 2017, believed to relate to around £250,000 worth of unpaid tax.

Orient's owners have maintained a public silence over the issue, leading to concern that they would just let the club fall into administration, or even liquidation, but they have confirmed that debt has been paid. However, that may not be the end of issues. The court heard representation from other Creditors who stepped forward once the action by HMRC was brought.

The Guardian Series newspaper report that Orient are claimed to owe £18,000 to Central Circle Events Management Ltd, who provide matchday stewarding, £35,000 to Waltham Forest Council and £8,000 to the club's official photographer. There have also been reports that Orient owe money to Alchemy Creations, who design their matchday programme, with their recent match against Grimsby Town seeing the publication reduced to 16 pages after discussions with the parties involved.

The Court heard that owner Francesco Becchetti has pledged to put £1 million into the club in order to pay off its standing debts. As a result, the Judge has adjourned their case until June 12th 2017 to give them time to satisfy the various creditors.


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20 March 2017 : First Goal For Joe Lea As St Albans Thrashed
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea scored his first goal of his loan spell with Gosport Borough on the weekend. The strike came as part of the Hampshire side's shock 4-0 win over St Albans City, as they refuse to give up in their battle against relegation from the National League South division.

Lea had been missing from their side recently due to illness but returned to the starting line-up and scored their second goal of the afternoon, as he took the ball past two St Albans defenders before slotting home from a narrow angle for what was a 2-0 lead at the time. With Tony Lee getting a goal either side of Lea's strike, and Ollie Bailey scoring in the second half, Gosport were able to romp home by four goals.

Unfortunately for Gosport, they came off the pitch to find that they still face the same target to avoid relegation. A win for Whitehawk over Bishop's Stortford means that they still remain five points adrift of safety with eight games remaining. They have a tricky Tuesday night home match against Bath City where they will hope that win has created a bit of sudden momentum to carry them through.

Joe's loan spell at Gosport has been a difficult one, given that when he joined them in January, he signed for a club that were on a bad run even before that, and their rebuilt squad has spent much of the second half of the season trying to turn things around. He's so far made eight appearances for The Boro, along with that goal on Saturday.

Joe Lea's Games for Gosport Borough:
24/01/2017 : East Thurrock United (home) : 90 minutes
28/01/2017 : Maidenhead United (home) : 90 minutes
07/02/2017 : Hampton and Richmond (away) : 90 minutes
11/02/2017 : Dartford (home) : 90 minutes
14/02/2017 : AFC Stoneham (home) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
18/02/2017 : Eastbourne Borough (away) : 80 minutes, started
21/02/2017 : Truro City (away) : 45 minutes, started
25/02/2017 : Hemel Hempstead (home) : 90 minutes.
04/03/2017 : Wealdstone (away) : Unused substitute.
07/03/2017 : Porchester (away) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
11/03/2017 : Margate (away) : Missed game, illness.
18/03/2017 : St Albans City (home) : 90 minutes, one goal.


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19 March 2017 : Notts County 3 Yeovil 2 : Ladies Out Of FA Cup Despite Late Drama
Yeovil Town Ladies headed out of the FA Women's Cup at the Fifth Round stage on Sunday afternoon, despite late drama in their tie against Notts County Ladies. In what was effectively the opening game of the club's 2017 Mini Spring Series session, as a newly promoted FAWSL1 club the Ladies were placed into the FA Cup at the Fifth Round stage, but had the difficult task of trying to deal with a Nottingham side who as 2015 finalists know all about the competition.

The Ladies went into the new campaign with two players making their debuts and one making her return. Nia Jones was announced as a new signing from Reading FC Women, whilst Ella Pusey is a 17 year old who is moving up through the Development Squad ranks. A rather more familiar face was the return of former captain Natalie Haigh, but otherwise the remainder of the squad were retained from their FAWSL2 title winning season, with the Ladies having used the past fortnight or so to announce the contract extension of many of their well known players.

Notts County took the lead in the match when their captain Jade Moore scored from a corner set piece, with the home side keeping the Glovers rather busy in defence. They doubled their lead shortly after an injury saw Charlotte Johnson have to replace goalkeeper Charlie Haynes who had suffered a quad muscle problem. Johnson had the misfortune to have to pick Kirsty Linnett's top corner shot out of the net after 53 minutes, and it looked as though the tie was firmly heading one way.

However, last season Yeovil had a habit of pulling such games out of the fire, and they threatened to do so when in the 85th minute Kelly Snook was tripped inside the box, allowing Lucy Quinn the chance to fire a spot kick home. That should have been the opportunity to put late pressure on County, but misfortune struck just a minute later in the oddest of ways, as Hannah Short's powerful header away from her own goal ricocheted of Bow Jackson and then back over substitute keeper Charlotte Johnson for an own goal.

Still Yeovil battled back as Kelly Snook fired home an 88th minute half volley into the bottom right hand corner, but by then time was running out, meaning Jamie Sherwood's side dropped out of the FA Cup for this current season. Speaking after the game, the Glovers boss felt that his side could have done better with the goals Notts County scored, but was happy with the second half showing:

"There were periods of the game where we had a lot of momentum and we put Notts County under a lot of pressure and I believe that their goals were preventable which is disappointing. Overall we put in a good account of ourselves and we have shown that we can challenge in this league and that is really pleasing. As a first team manager, I am very proud of what we done in the second half."

Final Score: Notts County Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Jade Moore (26 mins, 1-0), Kirsty Linnett (53 mins, 2-0), Lucy Quinn (85 mins, 2-1, penalty), Bow Jackson (86 mins, 3-1, own goal), Kelly Snook (88 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town Ladies:
Charlie Haynes, Natalie Haigh, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Annie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook, Nia Jones, Lucy Quinn, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short

Substitutes:
Ella Pusey (46 mins for Steph Williams), Charlotte Johnson (53 mins for Charlie Haynes), Bow Jackson (86 mins for Nadia Lawrence)

Notts County Ladies:
Carly Telford, Shelley Provan, Danielle Buet, Louise Quinn, Rachel Williams, Kirsty Linnett, Aileen. Whelan, Jade Moore, Angharad James, Leanne Crichon, Laura Bassett

Substitutes:
Megan Walsh, Jessica Clarke, Bianca Bragg, Niamh Cashin.

Referee: Martyn Fryer.

Attendance: 443.


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19 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Darren gives his views on the team's performance on the day, the injury status of Darren Ward and Otis Khan and the general future of out of contract players. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game.


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19 March 2017 : Way To Give Players A Steer On Their Futures In Next Few Weeks
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he will be talking to his players individually about their futures at the club over the next couple of weeks. Indicating that he had already had conversations with 'one or two' of his squad about where they were likely to lie beyond the end of the season, Way plans to chat to the fifteen players whose current contracts are up in the near future.

Only Artur Krysiak, Ryan Dickson and Omar Sowunmi have contracts that run into the 2017-18 season, and with seven loan players guaranteed to return to their parent clubs, Way will need to deal with almost his entire squad once he reaches May. He says that he plans to start addressing that issue soon and again repeats last week's views that he is aiming for continuity within the ranks:

"I'll be talking to the players over the next couple of weeks. I've spoken to one or two. There's one thing that I have to do now as the manager of the football club, is I've got to try to keep our assets. You can see over the course of a season, and you've witnessed it, I think we've only lost two in the last ten going into this game. For a club like Yeovil, the thing that we've been lacking has been just a little bit more quality up front. I'm hoping to keep the core of the group, and to add to that certainly for next season."

It's highly unlikely that Way will be holding formal contract talks at this stage, given that he will not know what sort of a playing budget the Board will be setting him, until the club's 2017-18 Season Ticket sales are known, leading up to the club's 'early bird' deadline. Actual offers tend to be handed out shortly after the final game, if recent seasons are anything to go by. However, it is likely that any conversation Way holds will give that player a steer as to whether he intends to offer them an extension, or whether they would be better off calling their agents. Reading into his words, it seems likely that those players who have held down a regular place will be the ones that should expect good news.


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19 March 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley, these are now available online. As well as the incident that saw Scott Brown sent off, you can judge for yourself whether Francois Zoko got the final touch on Yeovil Town's equalising goal. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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19 March 2017 : Khan Return Targetted For Exeter Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is fairly hopeful that wide man Otis Khan will be back and available for selection for next weekend's League Two match against Exeter City. The 21 year old has been absent since the January 10th EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s saw him pick up an ankle injury.

Since then, Otis has missed fifteen games in a row, and although there's been a number of occasions where Way has implied Otis has been 'close' to a return, nothing has materialised. However, speaking after yesterday's game, the Glovers boss now seems more confident that he will get the former Barnsley man back on the field of play:

"Fingers crossed, he'll be back and involved for Exeter. I'm really excited to see him on the training ground. He's a good character, he works so hard and I have to say we've missed him this year."


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19 March 2017 : Ladies Sign Up Dual Sport International From Reading
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has added more depth to his side by signing dual sport international athlete Nia Jones. The 24 year old, who can play in a variety of positions, has signed for Yeovil after her contract at WSL 1 side Reading FC Women ended in December. Jones joined Reading in 2015 from Cardiff City Ladies, where she previously worked under Jamie Sherwood. Nia was part of Reading's first title winning season, so understands and has experience of the transition of going from a WSL 2 side to a WSL 1 side. On signing she said:

"I joined Yeovil because first and foremost I have a lot of respect for the club after what they achieved last season. WSL 2 is a tough league where there are many teams who can sneak results against one another, so to get promoted as Champions in the manner that they did was really impressive."
 
Nia is a well-established athlete, who has represented Wales in both football and netball. She has played for the Welsh women's football team since the age of 16 and was involved in the 2016 Cyprus Cup, and has currently earned herself 30 senior caps.

Jones also plays for netball Super League side Celtic Dragons and competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. However, she had to take a break from both sports after breaking her distal fibula in a training session towards the end of last season. Upon her return, Nia recently represented Wales in netball at a Test Series against second ranked in the world, New Zealand and is looking to prove herself in football at international level again. She explained what she felt she could bring to the squad:

"Hopefully I can add some tenacity, drive and experience to an already solid squad. The players and staff have been really welcoming and informative. It's been quite an intense week as we're preparing for the FA Cup Fifth Round so I already feel like I've built some good relationships on the pitch."
 
On signing Jones, boss Jamie Sherwood, whose side travel to Eastwood Town's ground later today to face Notts County Ladies for that FA Women's Cup Fifth Round tie said of his new signing:

"Nia is a player that I have worked with previously and I know her passion, determination to succeed. She is an adaptive player who can give us flexibility across a couple of positions and that is really important to a club like ours. What is really important to me is her character and the way she communicates with her peers and the way she presents herself. She knows what WSL 1 is all about from her time at Reading and I also know she has goals to reach. One of them is to establish herself as a WSL 1 Footballer and I am excited to see her growth here at YTLFC."

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Nia Jones
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Nia Jones



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18 March 2017 : Former Loanee Roberts Makes Swansea Teamsheet For First Time
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts was named on the teamsheet tonight for Swansea City's Premier League squad that travelled to AFC Bournemouth. The 21 year old's inclusion was the first time he'd ever made it into his club's first team line-up, and although he didn't get into the pitch in the end, it sets an important landmark in his career progression in South Wales.

Connor had endured a bit of a frustrating 2016-17 season, in that a loan spell with League One side Bristol Rovers failed to give him the move up the divisions that he'd obviously hoped it would. After being given game time in just five matches with the Gas - of which only two were at League One level, he ended his stay at the Memorial Stadium slightly early, and has since been playing for Swansea's Under-23 side as part of their Premier League 2 fixtures.

His call-up into the first team ranks has come about largely due to an injury crisis at the Liberty Stadium. The eventual line-up saw Leroy Fer take the right-back slot for the game against Bournemouth, and with him playing a full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat, Connor never made it onto the pitch. One player who did though, was Stephen Kingsley, who was on the opposite flank, making his 11th appearance of the season, and his 16th overall. Given that Kingsley is a year older, hopefully Roberts can look at his career path and aim to follow in his footsteps.

Swansea City:
1 Lukasz Fabianski 8 Leroy Fer 33 Federico Fernandez 6 Alfie Mawson 35 Stephen Kingsley 24 Jack Cork 3 Jordan Ayew 4 Ki Sung-yueng 42 Tom Carroll 23 Gylfi Sigurdsson 9 Fernando Llorente

Substitutes:
2 Jordi Amat 7 Leon Britton 10 Borja Baston 13 Kristoffer Nordfeldt 15 Wayne Routledge 28 Luciano Narsingh 52 Connor Roberts


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18 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.


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18 March 2017 : Darren Way Has Mixed Emotions After Accrington Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he had 'mixed emotions' about his side's performance in the 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park today. Having played against a side down to 10 men for 68 minutes, there was a definite element of frustration by the end of the game that the club had only managed a draw, with Francois Zoko credited as the goalscorer for the one the Glovers did get into the back of the net during the game.

During recent weeks, Yeovil Town have been League Two's lowest goalscorers, although they've shown signs of getting out of that rut with six goals in their last three fixtures. However, Way admitted to BBC Somerset after the match that whilst he thought the club's overall play was 'entertaining' and 'excellent' that the inability to find the back of the net was still haunting them:

"There's certainly mixed emotions. I thought our performance during the first half was entertaining, with the amount of final third entries that we had. Really that sums our season up as far as the fine lines between being a top six team and controlling the game, and just not having that quality in thnat final third just to put it in the back of the net. We've lacked that over a number of games this year. It's not for the effort of trying, but we work on that all week. We have to make sure that we keep going, and we keep believing. Certainly for the direction that we're trying to push the players in, it's above mid-table. I thought you could see that today against an Accrington team that was in good form. Some of our play was excellent."

The other significant downside to this afternoon's draw was that Accrington even took the lead, despite playing a man short. A glancing header from Omar Bogles after a set piece was recycled gave the away side an unexpected advantage, and Way admitted that one of his players had failed to pick up their marker, although went on to defend the inexperience of his team as a factor in that:

"We were disappointed with that. One of our markers lost concentration. We know how important set plays are. But overall there are mixed emotions. I still think that this group, as far as certain individuals are concerned, I can count five or six players that have never played more than 30 or 40 league games. I know they're honest and I know they're humble and I know they're working hard and they've put the club into a position where over the last three years we've been fighting relegation. We're not a relegation team, that's for sure. We're certainly that close from being a top half of the table team."


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18 March 2017 : Ward Ruled Out For Rest Of Season As Knee Problems Continue
It won't come as too much of a surprise to supporters, but central defender Darren Ward has now been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. His swollen knee has plagued him since January 2016, when he suffered an injury on a snowbound pitch at Morecambe. Although he later returned that season to complete a further seven matches, he dropped out again in late March, sitting out the remainder of that season.

Ward then missed the whole of pre-season, although he made a brief substitute appearance on the opening day of the 2016-17 season, during which he believed that he jarred his knee in a tackle as part of the home match against Notts County. That then led to another five week lay-off. Since then the club have tried to ration his appearances, dropping him from EFL Trophy matches, and more recently from midweek matches.

The end result is that Ward has made 26 appearances across a 15 month period, with his last appearance coming during the club's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town on February 18th. He went to see a specialist at the end of the month, and it has now been confirmed that he will not feature again this season. As he is now out of contract at the end of the campaign, it's also highly questionable, at the age of 38, if he will appear for the club again.

Overall, he's made 41 appearances, scoring four goals, since being brought in during November 2015.

Link: Darren Ward : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 March 2017 : Yeovil 1 Accrington 1 : Ten Men Stanley Force Another Frustrating Draw
Yeovil Town were left frustrated as they picked up their 15th draw of the 2016-17 season in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley this afternoon. Playing against ten men for 68 minutes of the match, after Scott Brown was dismissed for a crude challenge on Francois Zoko, the Glovers struggled to break the opposition down, and were in danger of suffering defeat when Omar Beckles glanced home a recycled set piece early in the second half. But a Matt Dolan corner sparked the equaliser, with Francois Zoko credited with the final touch for what will stand as his 11th goal of the season. Unfortunately they couldn't find a way past the visitors' back line for what was their 11th draw in their last 17 league fixtures.

The Glovers went into the match having a rare opportunity to select the same eleven players that they'd used on Wednesday night against Barnet. The only change was on the bench with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming back onto the teamsheet in place of Owain Jones. An injury to Arron Davies in the Accrington squad meant that he couldn't face his former club.

The first half was a very open one, but one in which the Glovers had the majority of the play. Alex Lacey shot just wide of the target after the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box, following a free kick that was half-cleared. Meanwhile in a swirling wind that was with Yeovil in the first half, Liam Shephard fired just over the bar. Accrington threatened through a good forward run from full-back Matty Pearson, but he also fired wide, whilst Accrington's Jordan Clark also missed the target. That was largely the problem for both teams in that neither goalkeeper was being firmly tested, even if it was clear that Yeovil had the upper hand.

Midway through the half came one of the game's key moments. Francois Zoko had collected the ball and turned before he was caught by a horrible looking over the top tackle by Accrington midfielder Scott Brown. Referee Nigel Miller pulled out a red card almost immediately, spending the next minute or two trying to diffuse the situation between the groups of players, whilst Zoko received lengthy treatment. Thankfully the striker was okay to continue, with both Brown and Accrington apologising after the match for the tackle - the level of contrition once the pushing and shoving had calmed down probably ensured that nothing after that incident turned into anything sinister.

Stanley initially tried to continue using an unexpected 3-4-2 formation, but eventually made a double substitution to provide a 5-3-1 line-up that was clearly intended to frustrate the Glovers. It took a while, but gradually Yeovil ramped back up the tempo of the game in the lead-up to the break. First Kevin Dawson had his shot saved by the legs of Marek Rodak, after Ben Whitfield had threaded him the ball. Then Whitfield broke clean through via a ball over the top of the back line, as he received the chance of the half, only to find Rodak blocking his one-v-one. Liam Shephard also found his attempt saved by the keeper, as late pressure failed to break through by the time the half time whistle blew.

Whilst you have all that pressure in a football match, there is always the danger that the opposition will dish out a sucker punch. When a team is down to ten men, it's most likely to be scored from a set piece. And so it proved, with Shay McCartan's corner being recycled back to him. When he put the ball in a second time, Omar Beckles produced a glancing header to put Accrington a goal up, just six minutes into the second half.

Whilst Francois Zoko went close when he lifted the ball over the advancing Marek Rodak, only to find the ball landing on the roof of the net, Yeovil really weren't themselves in the second half. Whether the half time team talk had galvanised Accrington, or whether the goal had, they looked very comfortable for a side with a man disadvantage. A formation change from the starting 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3 for Yeovil seemed a bit muddled in the middle, as Matt Butcher moved into the heart of the defence, and Ben Whitfield moved up front, but with the effect that it neutralised Kevin Dawson's first half energetic running.

Moreover, the number of chances were drying up significantly, and when they did fall to Yeovil players, it was Bevis Mugabi, angling a shot from eight yards out wide of the target, rather than one of the three strikers. It was therefore almost a relief and a surprise when 16 minutes from time, Yeovil drew level from a corner. Matt Dolan put in the set piece, and although it wasn't particularly clear who had got the last touch, Francois Zoko was credited with it over the tannoy, and eventually by the Opta official data recorders. For the second time in two games, that will need the video to work out what actually happened.

In theory that should have been the lift Yeovil needed to go on and win it, but despite applying most of the pressure in the latter stages, their overall play was too frantic and too rushed at times to create that opening. They had a penalty appeal turned down when Francois Zoko was felled inside the box, then saw substitute Shayon Harrison fire just wide in the dying minutes, after Kevin Dawson had put him through. Then fellow substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had a final injury time effort deflected over the bar and Yeovil once again had to settle for a point, instead of the three they probably should have been aiming at. Still 17th, still firmly in a lower-mid-table position, and still no doubts that they'll be playing League Two football next season. But once again frustration for what might have been.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Accrington Stanley 1.

Scorers: Omar Beckles (0-1, 51 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 74 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (58 mins for Tom Eaves) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (76 mins for Matt Dolan)

Accrington Stanley:
12 Marek Rodak
32 Harvey Rodgers 5 Omar Beckles 3 Mark Hughes 2 Matty Pearson
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 8 Scott Brown 11 Sean McConville
10 Shay McCartan 29 Billy Kee

Substitutes:
9 Terry Gornell 14 Romuald Boco (72 mins for Shay McCartan) 16 Noor Husin (30 mins for Sean McConville) 19 Brayden Shaw 20 Aaron Chapman 24 Jonathan Edwards 30 Janoi Donacien (31 mins for Jordan Clark)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Sean McConville (foul, 21 mins), Harvey Rodgers (foul, 65 mins). Red Card: Scott Brown (serious foul play, 22 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham). Assistants: Andrew Quin (Devon) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,991 (with 69 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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18 March 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged side compared to the team that played against Barnet in midweek.

The only change is on the bench. Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was not allowed to play against his parent club in midweek but he is restored to the teamsheet. Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City attacker Owain Jones.

Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) and Alex Lawless (hamstring). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows, with the recent change to a 4-4-2 assumed to be continuing:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Accrington Stanley:
12 Marek Rodak
32 Harvey Rodgers 5 Omar Beckles 3 Mark Hughes 2 Matty Pearson
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 8 Scott Brown 11 Sean McConville
10 Shay McCartan 29 Billy Kee

Substitutes:
9 Terry Gornell 14 Romuald Boco 16 Noor Husin 19 Brayden Shaw 20 Aaron Chapman 24 Jonathan Edwards 30 Janoi Donacien


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18 March 2017 : Way Looking To Combat Accrington Side In Rich Vein Of Form
Yeovil Town will go into this afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley needing to combat a side that scored five goals in midweek. The Lancashire team thrashed relegation-threatened Leyton Orient 5-0 at the Crown Ground - an extension of a seven game unbeaten run that has seen John Coleman's side pull clear of any lingering relegation problems of their own.

The opening goalscorer on Tuesday night was Billy Kee - their top goalscorer, and a player that was linked with Yeovil Town during the summer of 2010, before he joined Torquay United. He's been at Accrington for the past two seasons, and has scored 30 goals during his time. With others such as Matty Pearson and Shay McCartan having been regular goalscorers for them over the year, Way admits his defence will need to combat that but believes his side have a greater threat:

"We've got to make sure that we're ready for an Accrington team that are on the back of scoring five goals. They've been in a rich vein of form and they've got some very good players. I looked at some of their goals against Leyton Orient, and they just looked like they were a class above. Having said that, I like to think that we're the better threat, compared to what they are. We've got to make sure that their exciting players do not control the game, and they've got one or two of them."

With Yeovil Town now 12 points clear of the League Two relegation zone, and in a relatively solid 17th place - just behind Accrington on goal difference - they can probably relax a bit during their final nine fixtures. However, Way says that he wants to see some excitement at Huish Park, perhaps mindful of how the club's last home match against Luton Town turned out a fortnight ago:

"I just want the players to excite the supporters. I want the supporters to see the team hungry and passionate, and playing with loads of energy. The supporters, I feel, have supported me - they've shared my frustrations and I've shared their frustrations. But we've got to make sure that we stick together, and we need support for next year to make sure that we keep the assets that we've got at this football club, and that's what I ask for."

Whilst the club's long term injured players will not return for Saturday afternoon's fixtures, the Glovers will be able to add Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro to their squad, after his parent club Barnet insisted on his exclusion in the two clubs' loan agreement. Way added that he believed that he was having to manage a squad that was smaller than other League Two rivals, and that he was having to deal with a playing budget that had dropped 'dramatically' in recent seasons:

"Jean will be back, which is good. We did miss him, certainly as far as experience is concerned. As you can see, we're very low on numbers. Every squad list you look at, at every football club, there are plus-30 players. This squad has got to the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade. As it stands at the moment, if it was to finish now, then it has been quite a success, considering that the finances have been dropped dramatically, and the club is levelling out now."


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17 March 2017 : 2017-18 Matchday Admission Prices At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's matchday and pre-match admission prices for the 2017-18 season can also be deduced, based on the Season Ticket Prices that were published earlier today. Given the Season Ticket packages are unchanged from the current 2016-17 season, these should be straight forward to understand.

Since the club have upgraded their online ticketing system, there have been three significant developments that have gradually become the norm over the past year that are worth noting:

a) The cut-off point for the pre-match and matchday ticket pricing has been changed to be three hours before kick-off - i.e. 12.00 noon for a Saturday and 4.45p.m. for a typical midweek fixture (assuming a standard 7.45p.m. kick-off).
b) For purchases made via the Internet portal, all non-Junior tickets are priced at one pound less than is the case if you book in person or via the phone. This now means that if you purchase online there is a £3.00 difference between the price you'll pay via the Internet, and what you'll pay if you walk up to the ground just before kick-off (compared to £2.00 for in person/phone advance purchases). Unless you're only buying Junior tickets (which are the same regardless of how you purchase them), the online portal will always give you the cheapest purchase option.
c) For most Football League matches on matchdays there is now a dedicated ticket collection booth set slightly away from the Ticket Office booths, thus allowing pre-purchased tickets to be collected at the ground without needing to join the main Ticket Office queues.

All of the above arrangements are in place for the current 2016-17 season, but are worth highlighting, as they have been brought into place over the last twelve months in a more low key way. We're making the assumption that they will continue, although our understanding is that they are still under review, and so may be tweaked slightly nearer the start of the 2017-18 season.

Full match admission prices are as follows:

Matchday Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £32.00 £32.00 £32.00 £32.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £25.00 £22.00 £16.00 £6.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Thatchers Terrace £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £6.00

Admission prices for those tickets purchased more than three hours before kick-off (generally referred to as pre-matchday prices) are as follows (based on in person and telephone orders):

Pre-Match Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £30.00 £30.00 £30.00 £30.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £23.00 £20.00 £14.00 £6.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Thatchers Terrace £18.00 £16.00 £14.00 £6.00

Admission prices for those tickets purchased more than three hours before kick-off via the club's online portal are as follows:

Internet Prices Full Price Adult Senior Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tamburino Stand Centre £22.00 £19.00 £13.00 £6.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £21.00 £17.00 £13.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £21.00 £17.00 £13.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £21.00 £17.00 £13.00 £6.00
Thatchers Terrace £17.00 £15.00 £13.00 £6.00

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Sees Prices Frozen.


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17 March 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nigel Miller (County Durham).

We've only had Mr Miller once in the last eight years, and twice in nearly ten years. Whilst part of that will have come down to where the match official lives, part of it appeared to relate to complaints made by former manager Russell Slade made when he tried to get the Football League to remove him from the list of officials prior to the club's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest back in May 2007. Russell's view was that the official had a vendetta against him, and either by coincidence or to keep the peace, Mr Miller's involvement in Yeovil Town matches rapidly dried up.

The match in question did not help his relationship with Slade, with Forest being awarded two penalties in a 0-2 defeat, with the first in particular causing the home crowd to vent their fury repeatedly at Mr Miller - more so when he refused to award the Glovers a nailed-on penalty during the second period. Thankfully for the second leg, Mr Miller had been removed from the list of officials and things didn't turn out so bad at the City Ground.

Other than that match, Mr Miller has been seen at a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in October 2006 and a 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on a Friday night in October 2004. Neither match saw him particularly cover himself in glory. The most recent meeting involving him was the October 2009 match against Oldham Athletic. It ended in a 0-0 draw, with Yeovil having a goal ruled out by Miller for an apparent handball by 'scorer' Craig Davies. We weren't too convinced about that decision on the night - especially as Davies was given a yellow card for it - but in fairness the BBC and then manager Terry Skiverton didn't make an issue of the decision.

The most recent outing involving Mr Miller came in Februry 2016 - perhaps the League felt enough time had passed following the Play-Off Semi-Final for him to turn up at a Yeovil game. Overall he had a fairly quiet game, although we weren't too impressed with his decision to ultimately play nine minutes of second half injury time. There had been a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Artur Krysiak, that saw Chris Weale end up between the sticks, but even the signalled seven minutes injury time seemed excessive, and by the time he played nine minutes worth, we wondered what he was doing, particularly as Luton were building up a lot of late pressure. Thankfully we held on for a 1-1 draw.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Andrew Quin (Devon) and Justin Amey (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

Link: October 2004 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2006 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2.

Link: October 2009 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2016 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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17 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Barnet Team Selection
Just before Wednesday afternoon's match against Barnet kicked off at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the absence of Alex Lawless, what he liked about the Saturday performance at Morecambe, and where he ended up on Tuesday night, with Yeovil not playing until 24 hours later. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Barnet.


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17 March 2017 : 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Sees Prices Frozen
Yeovil Town have published their Season Ticket Prices for the 2017-18 Season. With League Two football almost secured for next season, supporters can hopefully make their decisions and buy with confidence as to which division the Glovers will be playing football in next year. As usual the club have set two different sets of prices with those purchasing before the 'early bird' deadline getting lower tariffs. To take advantage of this you must purchase by Sunday 30th April 2017 - the day after the club's final 2016-17 League Two home fixture against Stevenage.

The headline news is that Season Ticket prices have been frozen for the 2017-18 season, with all prices unchanged from the current season. There is an additional benefit added on, in that the club have gone into partnership with four retailers in the town - Tamburino, KFC, Nuffield Health and Subway - where a Season Ticket Holder can show their card and get a discount on various packages (subject to typical terms and conditions). This is in addition to other current benefits, such as the Huish Park Club Shop discount.

As with recent seasons, the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) is split into three sections, with Premium, Centre and Wing categories. The Premium category represents what was previously designated as Vice Presidents seating. Those who choose Block D, closest to the two dugout areas will be classed as Premium seating, whilst Blocks C and E will be Centre seats. Blocks AA, A, B, F, G and GG will be Wing Seats. There will be no concessions available in Premium Seats.

The 2017-18 offer gives the usual set of savings against buying individual match tickets - an Adult buying a Home Terrace Season Ticket would be paying the equivalent of £12.83 if they purchase their Season Ticket before the April 30th deadline.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by Sunday April 30th 2017 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £456 £456 £456 £456
Tamburino Stand Centre £386 £336 £217 £39
Tamburino Stand Wings £353 £302 £217 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £369 £302 £217 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings £336 £268 £217 £39
Thatchers Terrace £295 £237 £205 £39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased from Monday May 1st 2017 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £503 £503 £503 £503
Tamburino Stand Centre £432 £376 £244 £62
Tamburino Stand Wings £394 £337 £244 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £413 £337 £244 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings £376 £300 £244 £62
Thatchers Terrace £335 £267 £231 £62

The small print on the ticket purchasing is as follows:
a) Young Persons are 16 - 21 years old inclusive on July 31st 2017
b) Juniors must be aged 15 years or younger on July 31st 2017. This also applies to Junior Glovers Membership
c) Disabled supporters can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance (to be shown on application).
d) Under-5s can go free if they are a member of the Junior Glovers - cost is £16.00.
e) Seniors must be aged 65 or over on July 31st 2017.
f) There are no concessions available in the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) Premium section.

New Season Ticket Holder Benefits:
1. Tamburino Restaurants: 10% off total table bill. Valid only for 2017-18 Season Ticket Holders with additional proof of ID. Season Ticket card not transferable for this offer, and not available in December.
2. KFC Yeovil: 20% off at their Houndstone branch. Valid only for 2017-18 Season Ticket Holders with additional proof of ID. Season Ticket card not transferable for this offer.
3. Nuffield Health Gym: 10% off premier packages at their Old Station Road branch. Valid only for 2017-18 Season Ticket Holders.
4. Subway: Buy one 6 inch sub and a Medium Drink and get another 6 inch sub free. Offer cannot be combined with other discount offers. Offer available at Middle Street, Tesco Extra Yeovil, Houndstone Retail Park. Valid only for 2017-18 Season Ticket Holders.

As before, there is an optional monthly payment plan available. This will cost you more but will allow you to spread payments. As usual with such things there will be a credit assessment needed and various terms and conditions attached, as per any high street finance agreement. They take your first monthly payment a month after the application is made, followed by nine other installments on a month-by-month basis, thus dividing your payments into ten portions.

To purchase your Season Ticket for the 2017-18 season, you can do so via the following different methods:
1) Using the renewal form that all current/recent Season Ticket Holders should be receiving in the post over the next few days
2) Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person and they'll give you a printed form to fill in
3) Online if you're an existing MyTickets account and Season Ticket Holder via the online ticketing page
4) Give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 and they can take your details down over the phone (please avoid Matchdays close to kick-off)
5) Download the PDF file linked below (size 4.7Mb) which can then be printed on your home/work printer and filled in.

NOTE: If you choose to download the file attached below, make sure that you've got a good internet connection that will allow you to download a 4.7Mb file, and that you have an Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader on your computer.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Application Form.


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16 March 2017 : Lawless Injury Expected To Sideline Him For Rest Of March
Yeovil Town will remain without defensive midfielder Alex Lawless on Saturday, when Accrington Stanley travel down to Huish Park. The 31 year old was absent from last night's 2-2 draw with Barnet, having limped off just before half time in Saturday's game against Morecambe.

A hamstring injury was suspected at the time, and that is what has now been diagnosed, with BBC Somerset expecting him to be out for around three weeks. Speaking before Wednesday's game, manager Darren Way said he expected Matt Butcher to play a key role whilst Lawless was absent:

"He's (Alex Lawless) done his hamstring, so unfortunately he's going to be out for probably a couple of weeks. But Matt Butcher came on (at Morecambe) and I thought he did fantastic, so he'll have to take up that role."

The trio of Darren Ward (swollen knee), Otis Khan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) are expected to continue their absence on the weekend. Whilst Darren Way has tended to just refer to the latter two as 'close' to a return, the view of the BBC on Wednesday night was that Khan was around 10 days away, whilst Smith was nearer two weeks away. The prognosis on Ward is still unknown, despite him visiting a specialist on February 28th, which tends to point to a longer term issue.

One player who will return to the fold on Saturday will be Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who has not got on the pitch in the last two games. On Wednesday night, he was unable to play against the Bees due to the agreement in his loan contract when the deal was set up in January.


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16 March 2017 : It's A Small World : Johnson's Surgery Performed By Lee's Left-Back's Father
League Two side Cheltenham Town have confirmed that former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is now out of surgery, describing it as a success. As reported earlier the 61 year old was drafted in for heart surgery today, meaning that he has temporarily stepped aside from his daytime job for the next few weeks.

One of the little quirks that has come out this afternoon, via the Gloucestershire Echo is that Gary's surgery was carried out by Alan Bryan, who is the father of Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, who is currently being managed by Gary's son Lee Johnson.

Gary has surgery in Bristol today for a triple heart bypass (so not quite as 'straightforward' as reported earlier!) and is now recovering in hospital. Cheltenham Town have said of the operation:

"Gary has now had his operation. It went very well and he is now in recovery. Thank you all for your kind messages of support."

In true Johnson family style, Lee has joked today: "I'll have to play Joe now won't I!" - thankfully Bryan is a regular in the City first team, so hopefully there won't be too many cat calls of "You're only in the side because you're the son of the surgeon who operated on the manager's father", to borrow from the jibes that Johnson Jnr used to occasionally face during his Yeovil Town and Bristol City days.

Hopefully Gary can get a few weeks rest in now. He will unfortunately miss Cheltenham's home match against Cambridge United on Saturday - given their visitors were Gary's first professional club in first team management, it's likely that they will be bringing with them a few good wishes for his health.


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16 March 2017 : GWSC Travel To Exeter City
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Exeter City. The match takes place at St James Park on Saturday 25th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Exeter City : Saturday 25th March 2017.
Huish Park: 11.30a.m.
Adult Members: £12.00; Member Concessions: £12.00
Adult Non-Members: £14.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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16 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Barnet Away Game
Following Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Barnet at The Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the match, including goals from Swansea City's Liam Shephard and AFC Bournemouth's Ben Whitfield, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Barnet Away Game.


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16 March 2017 : Video : Barnet vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday evening's 2-2 draw with Barnet these are now available online. Watch how AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield and Swansea City full-back Liam Shephard got their goals on the night, as well as two minutes worth of the overall action via the YouTube clip below.




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16 March 2017 : Former Boss Gary Johnson To Undergo Heart Surgery
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is to undergo heart surgery. The 61 year old had been absent from the dugout for Cheltenham Town's last two matches against Doncaster Rovers and Exeter City, with the initial prognosis being a heavy cold. He had been expected to return for Tuesday night's trip to St James Park, but assistant manager Russell Milton remained as the main man in the dugout for their 3-0 defeat in Devon.

It has since transpired that Gary had been admitted to hospital due to him continuing to feel unwell, and Cheltenham have now issued a statement indicating that he will be absent for the next couple of weeks. However, they describe the surgery that is needed as 'straightforward' in its nature. Cheltenham's statement says:

"Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson is to have heart surgery today. Gary missed last Saturday’s match at Doncaster Rovers having gone down with a heavy cold but continued to feel unwell and was admitted to hospital over the weekend. He will undergo a procedure today and looks set to miss the next few weeks away from work while he recuperates. It is anticipated that the surgery will be straightforward and the prognosis for a swift and full recovery is good. Assistant manager Russell Milton will remain in charge of the team in Gary's absence with support from the existing backroom staff."

Cheltenham are in an uncomfortable position in the League Two table, having slipped to 22nd during the last two matches that have seen then lose 2-0 and 3-0 - a bit of a jolt given that they had been on improved form. That leaves them seven points away from relegation zone pair Newport County and Leyton Orient, meaning that they are still not in a position where they can feel safe.

Despite that, Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker said that he would be supporting Milton in his interim management role whilst Johnson was absent, and said that the club would be also supporting Johnson and his family during that time:

"We wish Gary a full and speedy recovery from his operation and we will be offering our full support to him and his family over the next few weeks. The most important thing is that Gary returns to full health and the backroom staff led by Russell are more than capable of running things in his absence. We look forward to welcoming Gary back once he has been cleared to return to work but, realistically, this may take some time but the board will give Gary their full support in his recovery process."

Needless to say, we wish Gary all the best in his health, and hope he gets back to the dugout when he is fit and ready to do so.


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16 March 2017 : Darren Way Saw Echoes Of Last Season's Scenes After Late Hive Leveller
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was almost expecting an action replay of last season's match at The Hive Stadium, when Liam Shephard scored a 91st minute equaliser against Barnet last night. Having witnessed last April's dramatic 4-3 win at the tail end of the previous year, Shephard's first goal for the Glovers may not have quite hit those heights, but it was good enough to claw the Glovers out of trouble, and to get his club a 2-2 draw.

Speaking after the game, Way suggested that Barnet had scored their 85th minute goal - a Ryan Watson free kick that sailed straight through from 40 yards out - against the run of play. He added that getting the equalising goal was good given that it restored the club's 17th place position in the League Table and continued to ensure that they didn't get dragged into any of the clubs beneath them:

"We almost had the scenes here from last season. To see the supporters there celebrating with the players, it just shows how much it means to me, the players and all the staff, to come away and to perform against a Barnet team with John Akinde up front who can cause all sorts of problems. It was good to get that draw, because it meant a lot as far as the league table is concerned. I thought with some of the general play leading up to that, I thought players look controlled and they looked calm in possession, considering that we were 2-1 down which I thought was against the run of play."

The Glovers had started the match playing a flat 4-4-2 formation - the first time this season that they had used that tactic upon kick-off during a match, sparked by its success at Morecambe on Saturday. He explained that following Barnet's goal, he had instructed his team to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, with Matt Butcher dropping deeper and Ben Whitfield moving into the front line. That allowed the two full-backs to move further forward, and one of those - Liam Shephard - was the man who got on the end of a Whitfield ball into the box. As such Way was particularly pleased with the way his side had reacted to going behind:

"We don't give up. I said before the game we're a real hungry and honest group. I think I've tried to get the group to believe in that. What you could see, certainly towards the end there, we threw caution to the wind there, and put three up front and three at the back and it worked. Fair play to the players, because they picked it up straight away. Shephard was getting down one side, Dickson down the other, and we were really pleased with that tonight. Having said that we were disappointed that we conceded from two set plays. But overall as a group and as a football club we were really pleased."


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16 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Barnet vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-2 draw against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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15 March 2017 : Barnet 2 Yeovil 2 : Late Shephard Strike Levels For Glovers
Yeovil Town gained a last gasp second half injury time equaliser tonight at The Hive Stadium, as they came home with a 2-2 draw against Barnet. The unexpected saviour was Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard who scored his first goal for the club in three loan spells when he fired home from close range 91 minutes into the match. That stopped Barnet from getting their first win in six matches, after they overturned an early Ben Whitfield ricochet after he charged down home keeper Benji Buchel's clearance. The home side levelled through a Michael Nelson header (with the hint of a Yeovil player's deflection), and looked to have won the game when Ryan Watson's freak 40 yard free kick sailed through the pack and into the net. But Shephard stopped the Bees in their tracks, giving Yeovil a share of the points on the night.


The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up and it was the obvious one. Alex Lawless had limped out of the match at Morecambe with a hamstring problem, and in his place Matt Butcher had produced a stunning entrance at the Globe Arena so he was the obvious replacement. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was barred from facing his parent club, meaning that Owain Jones came onto the bench, whilst Brandon Goodship had recovered from a foot injury.

Barnet started off impressively, and managed to get the ball in the back of the net early on when they threaded a pass that split the Yeovil back four in two. Unfortunately for them, whilst that was a well timed pass, the ball that went across the six yard line wasn't quite so good, as it caught John Akinde in an offside position as he tapped the ball into the net. At the other end, Tom Eaves found Yeovil's first shot saved by Benji Buchel's legs and out for a corner, after Francois Zoko set him up.

The opening goal of the night came out of a defensive error, as Charlie Clough's backpass to Benji Buchel was under hit and rather suicidal. Credit though to Ben Whitfield, who chased the ball down, put pressure on the goalkeeper, and ensured that he got the ricochet as the goalkeeper attempted to clear his lines, blocking the ball and ensuring it went into the net for a 1-0 Yeovil lead.

On the whole though, Barnet looked a useful side, particularly when they were able to get their wide players running at Yeovil's full backs and trying to get to the byline. Ryan Watson saw a long range shot palmed away by Artur Krysiak as the home side applied pressure, although at the other end Kevin Dawson went close with one of those driven shots that ripples the side netting leaving that split second where it looked as though it had hit the inside of the net - sadly it was the outside.

After John Akinde had flicked a header wide, Barnet managed to draw level on the half hour mark. Most of the home side's corners had been dangerous, and the one delivered from the left proved to be particularly so as it was swung in at the near post, with Michael Nelson judged to have got a decisive header in to claim the equaliser, even if there appeared to be some suggestions that it had come off Tom Eaves on the way into the back of the net.

Whilst the second half had been lively and end to end, the second period tended to disappear into a bit of a lull, with not too many chances falling to either side - a volley from Kevin Dawson that went wide was one of the few to fall to either side. At the other end, Barnet had large appeals for a penalty when David Tutonda went down in the box following a double challenge by Bevis Mugabi, with the likely interpretation being that the defender's position from his first challenge meant that he couldn't get out of the way of the home player.

Yeovil introduced Shayon Harrison with 13 minutes remaining to try to inject some life into their forward line for the second period. However, the game still needed a spark, with the flow of the game not helped by lengthy treatment to Simeon Akinola, who was stretchered off with five minutes remaining with it looking as though he'd suffered a back injury.

With five minutes remaining and the game apparently drifting to a 1-1 draw, Barnet took an unexpected lead through a bit of a freak goal. Ryan Watson's free kick was taken around 40-45 yards out wide on the left side, and there was little doubt that his intention was to find a Barnet head or foot somewhere inside the box. However, the ball floated straight through the pack of players, missed everyone and continued right into the far right-hand corner and off the inside the post and into the net, for an improbable 2-1 lead.

Yeovil weren't quite done though. Last season at The Hive they produced a 90th minute goal to win the match for the Glovers. This time around they managed to grab a draw. Liam Shephard had never scored for the Glovers in his previous 62 appearances, and he helped to create and then finish his own goal. Playing the ball up the flank, he switched play to Ben Whitfield on the left hand side, and when Whitfield delivered a low cross into the box, there was the unexpected face of Shephard on the six yard line able to sweep the ball home for a 2-2 draw, leaving Barnet with little time to mount any further attacks, and to give Yeovil a point to take home with them.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Barnet 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Ben Whitfield (14 mins, 0-1), Michael Nelson (30 mins, 1-1), Ryan Watson (85 mins, 2-1), Liam Shephard (90 mins, 2-2)

Barnet:
43 Benji Buchel
41 Charlie Clough 6 Michael Nelson 4 Bira Dembele 40 David Tutonda
32 Mauro Vilhete 20 Tom Champion 7 Ryan Watson 13 Jamal Campbell-Ryce
14 Simeon Akinola 9 John Akinde

Substitutes:
3 Elliot Johnson (87 mins for David Tutonda) 11 Ruben Bover 16 Harry Taylor 17 Luke Coulson (84 mins for Simeon Akinola) 29 Shane Cojocarel 30 Justin Amaluzor (71 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 31 Kai McKenzie-Lyle

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 24. Owain Jones 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (78 mins for Tom Eaves)

Barnet Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Ian Cooper (Kent) and Darren Blunden (Kent). Fourth Official: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 1,525 (with 184 Yeovil Town supporters).


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15 March 2017 : Team News For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Morecambe last weekend. Midfielder Alex Lawless picked up a hamstring problem on the weekend, meaning that he misses out, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher coming into his position.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - the latter is due to his parent club requesting that he does not face them tonight.

Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows, with an assumption that we'll continue with the 4-4-2 that was used during the majority of Saturday's match:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 24. Owain Jones 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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15 March 2017 : Way Looking For Continuity Despite Fifteen Out Of Contract Players
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wants to maintain 'continuity' within the club over the coming summer, despite having a large number of players out of contract at the end of the 2016-17 season. The Glovers will have to resolve the future of all bar three of their players, with only Artur Krysiak, Ryan Dickson and Omar Sowunmi having deals that go beyond the end of the season, with 15 players out of contract.

With eight of those players, Way does have some limited protection in that they are aged Under-24 at the time that their current deals run out, meaning that provided the club offer that player terms equal to their current deal, then any interested rival clubs would have to pay a compensation fee. Going into tonight's match with Barnet, Way implied that the ones that he would be seeking to keep beyond the end of the season would be those who had cemented regular slots in the side:

"Everyone is creating their own future at the football club. The majority of the players that have played know certainly from last year that I'm trying to keep continuity in the group. I've got to do everything that I can, and certainly the board have got to do everything that they can to support that."

Despite the club's current 18th placed position in the League Two table, and some recent poor form that was ended by Saturday's 3-1 win at Morecambe, Way repeated his claims from last week that the club was in a healthier position than it had been over the last three years, and that he believed the club was still building on that position:

"The club is in the best position that it's been in, for the last three years. It's got the high amount of goalscorers that we've had in the last three years, and it's the least amount of players that we've fielded throughout a season. So there's a lot of positives to take out of it. What we need now is that support to make sure that we continue to keep building and keep progressing as a football club."

The breakdown of this season's first team squad is as follows:

Out Of Contract (and over 24): Nathan Smith, Alex Lacey, Kevin Dawson, Alex Lawless, Tom Eaves, Francois Zoko, Darren Ward

Out Of Contract (and under 24): Bevis Mugabi, Matthew Dolan, Otis Khan, Jonny Maddison, Brandon Goodship, Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett, Tom James

Contract Expiring June 2018: Artur Krysiak, Ryan Dickson, Omar Sowunmi

Loan Players: Liam Shephard (Swansea City), Matt Butcher (AFC Bournemouth), Owain Jones (Swansea City), Ben Whitfield (AFC Bournemouth), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Barnet), Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur), Kabongo Tshimanga (Milton Keynes)


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15 March 2017 : League Confident Orient Will Complete Season Despite Winding Up Order
The Football League have issued a statement declaring their confidence that League Two side Leyton Orient will complete their fixture list, despite a High Court winding up order scheduled to take place next Monday. The East London side have remained entirely silent on the action by HMRC that was instigated in February 2017, but only became public on March 1st.

The lack of even a comment from Orient's owners or Board of Directors has inevitably led to the question of whether owner Francesco Becchetti intended to answer the Court action, given the signs that he is attempting to back out of his responsibilities towards the O's and to sell the club. The Football League have said that they have met Orient representatives last week, and that there is a 'funding plan' in place that they believe will satisfy the Court:

"The EFL met with Leyton Orient last Thursday 9th March to gain a full understanding of the current issues that surround our member club. We were advised that a funding plan is in place to clear the petition debt, currently subject to a HMRC hearing at the High Court on March 20th, and to complete their remaining nine league fixtures. We remain in regular dialogue with the club and, as the competition organiser, the EFL will continue to offer whatever practical assistance is available to us as the club continues to navigate itself away from their current position."

With Orient's owners now incommunicado, and current boss Danny Webb having to fill a large number of youth team players on his teamsheet, there is a high chance that they will be dropping out of the Football League at the end of the season. Webb's side were thrashed 5-0 by Accrington Stanley last night, with Newport County's win via a Ryan Bird goal meaning that Orient are now bottom of the Football League, and seven points from safety.

Much of the chaos surrounding Orient's plight has come from Becchetti's habit of hiring'n'firing managers on a regular basis, with Webb their fourth of the 2016-17 season, and the tenth of the Italian's reign, in under two years. Since then Orient have dropped from League One Play-Off Finalists, to the foot of the Football League. Despite that obvious level of mismanagement, the Football League say that they will not be intervening with the ownership of the club:

"The issue of the ownership of the club is not a matter for the EFL, as long as our regulations are met and any sale of the club is a matter for its shareholders, at this stage. We will continue to monitor developments."

Currently Leyton Orient Fans Trust (LOFT) are making alternative plans, and have held a series of public meetings, in order to protect the future of the club, including the provision of a Fighting Fund, designed to allow fans to pledge money for any eventualities that the Supporters Trust may have to deal with.

They have had some good news, in that former club owner Barry Hearn still has separate ownership of the Brisbane Road ground; a position that would be unaffected if the current Leyton Orient Football Club were to collapse. The Evening Standard claim that Hearn has told LOFT that if they were to take charge of the club, that he would waive the first season's rent entirely - a figure which the Standard claim is worth £180,000.


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15 March 2017 : Artur Krysiak Talks About Reaching 100 Appearances For The Glovers
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-1 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak spoke to the BBC about the gane. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Artur reflects on reaching 100 appearances for the Glovers, as well as the team performance in the win in Lancashire. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Artur Krysiak Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Morecambe.


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15 March 2017 : Barnet Loan Striker To Sit Out Trip To Parent Club
Yeovil Town will travel to Barnet tonight needing to make at least one change to their teamsheet, compared to Saturday's trip to Morecambe. The Glovers have striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on their books on a half-season loan deal, but unsurprisingly his parent club requested that he should not play against them in the Wednesday night 8.00p.m. kick-off at the Hive Stadium, meaning that he will be taken off the list of substitutes named tonight.

That should allow Swansea City youngster Owain Jones the chance to be included on the teamsheet for the first time in six matches, with the matchday rules on loan players having seen him excluded for a whole month, with his last selection coming during the February 14th home game against Cambridge United. Theoretically Kabongo Tshimanga is the other player the Glovers could add to their squad, but he has not been selected since his arrival at the club six weeks ago.

The Glovers go into the match with a major doubt concerning midfielder Alex Lawless. He left the pitch on the 44th minute against Morecambe with a hamstring injury, and although manager Darren Way has claimed that the 31 year old is having a fitness test before tonight's game, it would be a major surprise if he was available, given his injury was significant enough to force his substitution at Morecambe rather than wait for the 60 seconds leading up to the half time break. AFC Bourenemouth loanee Matt Butcher should be his replacement, given he didn't do too badly when he got onto the pitch! The most likely scenario is that he will be the only change to the eleven that were named on the weekend.

The club's other question mark concerns striker Brandon Goodship. He was left out of Saturday's squad with a foot injury, although there was no detail on that to indicate whether that is a short term or long term issue. Elsewhere, despite Way describing Otis Khan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) as 'close' to a return last week, there is no sign of them being back in full training yet, whilst captain Darren Ward's lack of a prognosis on his swollen knee problems from his specialist suggests that he will be indefinitely unavailable.

The Glovers will come up against a Barnet side who are on their third management team of the 2016-17 season and are currently going through a bit of a sticky patch. The arrival of former Leyton Orient manager Kevin Nugent was intended to cement their play-off hopes, but he has yet to win during his five matches in charge. They're on an overall run of six home matches without a win, having last seen victory at the Hive Stadium back on January 2nd.

In December 2016 though, Barnet executed a smash'n'grab 1-0 win over the Glovers at Huish Park, as Alex Nicholls punished a wasteful Yeovil Town side, as the Bees gained victory with their only shot on target of the afternoon. Way admits that his side will need to be aware of some of the individuals in that line-up, but says that since then Barnet have changed management team and formation, and so it will be impossible to base too much on how that result came about:

"They've got a new manager now. They're playing a different shape. We'll take reference of what happened before as far as individuals are concerned, with players like John Akinde. It's quite clear that we're building momentum from the game on Saturday. So we're going into the game with high spirits, and making sure that we keep progressing because that is what this year has been all about."

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnet.

Link: Officials For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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14 March 2017 : Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Newport County are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match at Rodney Parade takes place on Friday 14th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Note that this is a Good Friday fixture, and not the Saturday that was originally scheduled when the fixtures were published.

Tickets are for seated accommodation and are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Under-21s: £16.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-6s: FREE.

The offer for the Under-6s is only valid if they are accompanied by a full paying Adult or Senior.

If you purchase tickets on the day, they will be available from the mobile ticket unit adjacent to the away turnstiles. Last season Newport had a matchday surcharge in place - it appears to have been dropped for this year, as their website has removed all mention of it.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age. Wheelchair disabled supporters must liaise directly with Newport - call them on 01633 674963. Personal assistants can be admitted free of charge if you are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

Tickets are for the Bisley Stand which is side-facing facilities shared with home fans. Last season we were also given facilities behind the goal in a 'temporary' stand, but they appear to be working on the premise that they can fit us in the single stand for the moment.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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14 March 2017 : Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 8th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 62 and Over & Aged 18-22: £15.00; Unaccompanied Under-18s: £10.00

Under-18s will pay £5.00 if tickets are purchased at the same time as an Adult or Seniors ticket.

With the exception of Disabled tickets, these can be purchased via the club's online ticketing portal or via 01935-847888.

Ambulant disabled adults pay £12.00 whilst Under-18s pay £10.00. You can take an assistant with you if you are on the higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance. For Ambulant Disabled tickets call or visit Huish Park on 01935-847888.

Wheelchair disabled supporter tickets must be purchased/reserved via the Portsmouth Ticket Office on 0345 646 1898 - you must book in advance as unsold spaces are sold to Portsmouth supporters due to high demand. There are only five spaces and these are situated in a home section of the ground. Portsmouth's Disabled Liaison Officer is Allison McNeil and she can be reached on the same number or via allisonmcneil@pompeyfc.co.uk

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Milton Road end of the ground, with space allocated for around 2,000 supporters. This is a covered seated area situated behind the goal. However, you should note that this is not purpose-built seating, but a conversion job from the original terraced end, and so general opinion is that the seating can be a bit cramped, and you may have to be a bit choosy about seats that have poor views.

Tickets on the day if available can be purchased from a ticket booth by away turnstiles on the north east corner of car park – this is CASH ONLY.

Alcohol is not served in the away area of ground as it is in view of the pitch and therefore prohibited. There are no betting facilities in this area of the ground.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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14 March 2017 : Officials For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Barnet and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Wednesday 15th March 2017, with an 8.00p.m. kick-off at the Hive Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Mr Martin is a Select Group 2 referee, meaning that he is one of the full time professionals created by the Football League to cover mainly Championship mathes. He was appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. We've had him on four occasions, with the November 2012 home match against Carlisle United the earliest of them all. Mr Martin's performance was rather better than our defending - we referenced that a lot in a 1-3 defeat, but had little to say about the official's performance, with him booking just one player during the 90 minutes.

During our 2013-14 Championship season, he was present for the home match against Burnley - again just the one booking, and nothing much to say about his performance on the day, with Burnley's strike force too good for us in a 1-2 defeat. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season. The first was for the Christmas holiday fixture against Oxford United which produced a 0-0 draw, and not a single booking, with the match referee not getting a mention.

He then looked after the April 2016 match against Exeter City - normally the scene of a red card or two, but again he kept a lid on it with just two bookings. He made one questionable decision, to award Exeter a corner when they struck the outside of the post, with the official thinking that it was Artur Krysiak's hand it touched, but that was about as riled up as we got.

So that's four yellow cards in four games, with all three matches providing largely anonymous officiating. His seasonal record of just 77 yellow cards and three red cards across 32 matches suggest that this is not a coincidence, but does show the wild variation in how referees run football matches.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Kent) and Darren Blunden (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Burnley 2.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Oxford United 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 2.


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13 March 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnet
Wednesday evening sees Yeovil Town make a midweek trip to play Barnet at the Hive Stadium. A reminder that this is an 8.00p.m. kick-off on a Wednesday. A reminder also that Barnet don't play in Barnet anyore - they are around six miles down the road in Edgware, and you'll find the Ciderspace guide available to take you there, giving you directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnet.

Barnet's North Stand - now open for away supporters
Barnet's North Stand - now open for away supporters



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13 March 2017 : RIP Dave Taylor - Yeovil's Record-Breaking Goal Scorer
Yeovil Town's post-war record goalscorer Dave Taylor has passed away at the age of 76. The former Gillingham and Portsmouth striker hit an incredible 284 goals for the Glovers between 1960 and 1969, across 436 appearances. His goalscoring record put him at almost double his nearest post-war challenger, but even the number of appearances that he made for the club are worthy of note given that only four other players bettered him.

Dave Taylor : Yeovil Town's post-war record breaking goalscorer
Dave Taylor : Yeovil Town's post-war record breaking goalscorer.
Dave was born on September 17th 1940, and came from Rochester in Kent. He started off his career with Gillingham as a trainee, eventually enjoying a two year spell as a professional between 1957 and 1959 that saw him make 21 appearances, scoring three goals. He was on the books of Portsmouth during the 1959-60 season, although few Pompey fans will remember him given that he made just two appearances for them.

His time at Portsmouth was to prove significant though. In April 1960, the club had recruited Basil Hayward as their new player-manager, who had also been on the books of Pompey, and in the summer, he took Taylor to Yeovil Town for what was to be a decade of incredible goalscoring. His 59 goals in his opening season told fans what was to come. He was part of the club's 1963-64 Southern League Champions squad, netting 48 goals that campaign, and was the club's leading goalscorer in six out of the nine seasons that he was with the club.

Taylor showed a bit of versatility during the 1965-66 season, when took the goalkeeper jersey midway through a bad-tempered FA Cup match against Portland United that saw regular keeper Dave Jones carried off with an injury. That same season saw him qualify for a Testimonial match - with Bill Albury and Ernie Ashe also reaching the same landmark, the agreement was to play three friendly fixtures liberally spread across the season, with Taylor's two former professional clubs coming to Huish, with an All-Star XI being recruited for the third fixture, netting the three players £283 each.

Under Ron Saunders, Taylor had a more fractious relationship, with the future European Cup winning manager making the decision to drop him from the side in January 1968. Taylor responded by handing in a transfer request, although luckily - or unluckily from your point of view - a broken collar bone in a Reserve Team game shortly afterwards made that request academic. By the end of the season, both collar bone and relationship had been patched up, and Taylor managed to put in one last season, in which he finished as the club's leading goalscorer once again, giving him the opportunity to go out on a high.

That said, his choice of Bath City as his next port of call may have not pleased everyone! But once again his goalscoring record was good, taking just nine minutes to score on his debut for the Romans in April 1969, netting 46 goals in 149 appearances. He then signed for Cheltenham Town in November 1971, which to our knowledge was his last major club.

By 1998, Dave was interviewed for a One Hundred Huish Heroes publication about his career. He was living in Martock and admitted at that time that he'd only been to Huish Park once - to erect a Marquee for a wedding that was taking place at that time. He was asked how he'd never moved back into the Football League, given that 19 year olds scoring 59 goals in their first season tend to attract scouts. He believes that Aston Villa had shown some interest, but admitted that there had never been a firm bid.

His main attribute was his pace that upset defences, scoring a lot of goals with his feet from close range. But reflecting upon his career that wasn't the only way that they'd come:

"I also got a lot with my head - I was a useful header of the ball. There weren't many from outside the box. I was a player who did nearly everything from close range. Some people reckon the team from around that time was the club's best ever. There were certainly some great players. If I had to pick out one I would go for Terry Foley. He did nearly all my work for me. He was totally unselfish, and in addition to laying on many of my goals, he also scored plenty himself."

Aside from the sheer volume of goals scored during his time with the Glovers, Taylor also contributed to the club's legendary performances in the FA Cup. As such he declared his goal that knocked Walsall out of the FA Cup in 1960 as his favourite of the 284 that he scored - notable in that it was the Saddlers only home defeat during the 1960-61 season, with the Midlands side on their way to promotion from the Third Division. However, he also scored two goals during the 1963-64 season that knocked Crystal Palace out at the Second Round stage - again another side on their way to promotion from the third tier.

Our condolences to Dave's family and close friends at today's sad news. He will rightly go down as a Yeovil Town legend, with a goalscoring record that is highly unlikely to ever be beaten. Of that, they should be immensely proud of him.


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13 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Morecambe Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Morecambe kicked off at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains his initial plans to start the game with a 4-3-3 (which was changed midway through the first half), why he recalled Tom Eaves to the side, and his thoughts on how Morecambe are coping in difficult circumstances. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Morecambe.


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13 March 2017 : Extra Stall At The Arrow For Glovers Trust On Matchdays
Yeovil Town's independent Supporters Trust - the Glovers Trust - have agreed to provide a second stall on matchdays to give fans direct access to those representing the Trust. Whilst they have a regular stall, situated within the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) at Huish Park, they now also plan to set up a stall at The Arrow public house, which is situated on Abbey Manor Park. They will add their presence, starting with Satuday 18th March's home fixture against Accrington Stanley.

The stalls give a chance for either existing members to raise issues or concerns with the Trust, or for prospective members to talk about what the Trust is doing, and to hopefully sign up. The Trust have thanked new Arrow manager Jack Neal for allowing the stall to be set up - it will be in place from 1.30p.m. until 2.30p.m. on Saturday matchdays. The Arrow can be found at:

Address: The Arrow, The Forum, Abbey Manor Park, Yeovil, BA21 3TL

The Trust have also asked supporters for extra man power in being able to operate the extra stall. If any members (or prospective members that want to get involved) want to help out at either the Beer Tent stall, or The Arrow stall, then email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk for more information.


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13 March 2017 : Club Still Keeping Planning Application Alive Despite Lack Of Movement
Last month, South Somerset District Council wrote to Yeovil Town concerning their current Planning Application relating to the Huish Park Stadium and surrounding land. The July 2015 application has been largely dormant for 18 months, with only cosmetic updates since September 2015, leading SSDC to question whether the club were still pursuing the application.

The answer appears to be 'yes' although with an admittance that the club are still not yet to proceed. Planning Agent David Bell responded back to SSDC on February 21st, indicating that he was still awaiting instructions from the Yeovil Town board on how to proceed. He did clarify that there had been no further instruction regarding the club's Lufton application, which was rejected in September 2016, which pretty much confirms that the club won't be appealing or resubmitting the plans. Mr Bell explains briefly in an email to SSDC:

"I have not been formally instructed with regard to the land at Lufton. We are still gathering and updating information and observations for the stadium application. I will be in touch in the near future."

Our suspicion is that fans shouldn't hold their breath regarding the above communication - it serves merely to confirm that Yeovil Town wish to keep the application alive. Similar communications were sent to SSDC back in late 2015:

October 17th 2015 : "I have now been able to discuss the content (of the September 2015 letter) with the Board Members and we have been authorised to prepare additional information. I will forward this to you as soon as possible."

December 7th 2015 : "[We are] preparing some modifications and supplementary information [and] awaiting a client (YTFC) instruction to proceed."

There was a bit of a false dawn in April 2016 when the club circulated revised plans to the media that were intended to address some of the SSDC concerns about the original application. However, these new plans were never lodged with the application, despite a club official statement that month stating that "the club expects formally to submit finalised details to SSDC over the next few weeks." If or when the club choose to resurrect the application, they'll need to decide whether they are working off the July 2015 original plan, or the April 2016 unsubmitted modified plans. From an SSDC point of view, they can only assess against the original plan at present.

In reality, we suspect that there will not be any movement on this until the club can identify a new plot of land to satisfy National Planning Policy Framework regulations concerning the replacement of sporting pitches. The separate Lufton planning application had been due to satisfy that National Government restriction, but until that is in place, the main Huish Park application is unlikely to get past first base.


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12 March 2017 : Caulker Arrested Again Over Drink-Drive Allegations
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has been arrested again. The 25 year old Queens Park Rangers defender, who was on Tottenham Hotspur's books during his time at Huish Park, has been charged with failing to provide a breath sample, after he was stopped by police near a car park in Windsor during the early hours of Sunday morning. National media reports suggest that the incident was sparked after he was seen in the Istanbul Kebab House in Victoria Street, Windsor. Shortly after that, police allege that he was stopped, presumably under the suspicion of drink-driving or attempting to use a motor vehicle. The police statement reads:

"[We] can confirm that Steven Caulker, aged 25, of Richmond, has been charged with failing to provide a specimen for breath analysis required under the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is connection with an incident near the Victoria Street Car Park, Windsor this morning 12/03/17."

Caulker will now appear at Slough Magistrates charged with the offence on March 27th. This will be the fourth occasion that he has been up before the courts, with the last occasion only being back in just over a month ago when he was convicted of drunk and disorderly offence dating from January 16th at Clapham Junction station.

Given that Caulker was meant to be in Russia, playing for Lokomotiv Moscow for half a season, the question arises of what he is doing in a kebab shop in Windsor. It appears that the deal quietly fell through last month, with both Caulker and Lokomotiv Moscow president Ilya Gerkus giving different views over why he never got there. Caulker insisted that the decision to pull the plug on the move was down to his own fitness issues - he's not played at QPR since October 2016 due to a hip injury. He said that Russian reports that it had fallen through due to arguments over money were not true. He also touched on some of his recent off-the-field problems:

"It was my decision to pull out of the Moscow deal because I was not fit – absolutely nothing to do with money. I am still young enough to turn things around and believe I can do that now I have right support in place. The media have ruined so many lives in order to make a few pennies – they aren’t going to continue to do that here. I've made mistakes in my life, that’s no big secret and I'm sorry to anyone I have hurt or offended along the way. I'm working hard to correct this and won’t let anything get in my way."

Caulker's poke at the media is specifically aimed at The Sun newspaper, who ran a number of stories relating to his personal life, and his relationship with his partner, accusing them of 'lies' over a 'story that doesn't exist'.


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12 March 2017 : Matt Butcher Talks About His Wonder Goal And The Morecambe Win
Following Saturday's 3-1 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Matt Butcher spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the AFC Bournemouth academy product talks about the amazing goal he scored just before half time, as well as his team's overall performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Matt Butcher Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Morecambe.


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12 March 2017 : Video : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 3-1 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena, these are now online. As well as the four goals scored - Yeovil's came from Matt Butcher, Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi - you'll find first half efforts from Lacey and Tom Eaves, as well as a second half chance from Matt Dolan that struck the post, with Francois Zoko's rebound effort going wide. Watch via the link below.




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11 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-1 win against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the win, and the overall team performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Win.


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11 March 2017 : Darren Way Delighted With Butcher's Amazing Strike As Formation Change Shapes Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described this afternoon's goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher as an amazing strike, after he netted a 25 yard volley in the 3-1 victory over Morecambe. The midfielder netted the opener right on the stroke of half time when he crashed home a first time shot, with the ball falling from the sky for him to hit it. That helped Yeovil on their way to their first victory in nine matches, as Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi provided second half goals to settle the match.

Butcher's goal was more remarkable for the fact that he'd only been on the pitch for one minute - having replaced Alex Lawless, who appeared to pick up a hamstring injury, and Way said after the match to BBC Somerset that he was pretty sure that was the first time he'd got near the ball:

"I think that was his first touch! It was an amazing strike. He came on, and we talk about this squad, and I know Morecambe as far as resources are concerned, but I just think it was a good achievement for the players. It's not easy with the resources we've got but I just feel that every man has played their role and responsibility. I said to them this season that being at Yeovil was going to be at times like being on a rollercoaster. You have your ups and downs and I said that with the adrenalin I'm looking for that today and to just channel it in the right way, and be calm and focussed. That's what you could see from every individual."

The other key talking point during and after the game, was Way's decision to switch midway through the first half from his preferred 4-3-3 formation, to a bulk standard 4-4-2 line-up with two wingers. Having experimented with formations over the last few matches, in order to break the club's recent goal drought, the Glovers boss appeared to have gone back to original thinking, but decided to push Ben Whitfield and Kevin Dawson into wide positions because of some of the early problems Morecambe's wing-back system was causing his side:

"I think in hindsight, when I look at it, I just felt that it (the formation change) was right to do. I thought we were being overloaded in the wide areas, and they were trying to go two-v-one on our full-backs, and it worked very well. I thought the players and the manner and the way that they pressed from start to finish was very good. I thought that, with no disrespect to Morecambe, it could have been ten. The boys are a little bit disappointed that we didn't score more. I thought that to come here and play in the manner that they did was fantastic. The pitch is not the greatest, but I thought the effort from every single player was phenomenal. They've worked hard all week, and I've said to them that the secret of success is hard work. We stood strong and we stuck together, and the players deserved that."


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11 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-3 away win against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.


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11 March 2017 : Morecambe 1 Yeovil 3 : Glovers Break Five Month Away Day Run With Victory
Yeovil Town broke a run of eight games without a win this afternoon, as they beat Morecambe by a 3-1 scoreline at the Globe Arena. Their first away victory in the league since October was sparked when AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher volleyed home on the stroke of half time for his second goal of the season, after the Glovers had switched midway through the half into a 4-4-2 formation. The home side applied early second half pressure and equalised when Antony Evans tapped in. But Alex Lacey put his side in front from close range after Ben Whitfield's ball into the box, and Whitfield's corner was responsible for Bevis Mugabi heading home for the decisive third goal of the day and their first league victory on the road since the October 22nd win at Crewe Alexandra.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, as Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro dropped out of the starting line-up with Tom Eaves coming back in. There was also a formation change, with the regular 4-3-3 being restored as Eaves came into the middle. A foot injury for Brandon Goodship allowed Ollie Bassett a chance for his first bench position since January. In the visitors line-up they were without former Glover Michael Rose who was serving a two match suspension.

The match got off to a lively start as Morecambe striker Kevin Ellison forced Artur Krysiak into an early save on his 100th appearance for the club. At the other end, Ben Whitfield's low skidding shot was palmed away from Barry Roche but without anyone able to get the loose ball on the rebound. From a corner shortly after, Alex Lacey - who had picked up an early head injury that left him with a head bandage - looped a header that caused Roche with a bit of discomfort but the keeper managed to backpedal and get a hand to hook it over the bar.

After that early flurry, Yeovil decided to switch to a classic 4-4-2 formation, with Morecambe's wing-backs having enjoyed a bit too much space early on. Ben Whitfield and Kevin Dawson took the wide positions, with Dawson and right-back Liam Shephard having to deal with the softer side of the pitch. Both sides had half chances, with two attempts by Paul Mullin for the home side, whilst Tom Eaves had a header flicked wide of the target.

Whilst the game was much more open than recent away matches had been, the big issue was whether some clear cut chances could be created. It looked as though the game was heading for the break without either side having created that true killer chance, when Matt Butcher created a goal out of the blue. Tom Eaves had a shot blocked just on the stroke of first half injury time, and when the ball ricocheted up in the air, Butcher volleyed a superb strike first time to send the ball into the roof of the net for a 1-0 half time lead.

Morecambe came roaring back straight after the break, immediately forcing the initiative from kick-off in what was to be their best spell of the game. Artur Krysiak had to make early saves from Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison, with the home side being gifted another opportunity after a mistake by Bevis Mugabi let in Paul Mullin, only to find Krysiak standing strong again. With all that pressure it wasn't too surprising that the home team equalised - again Mullin was involved, as his shot forced Krysiak to parry, and Antony Evans was on hand to fire home the rebound.

Yeovil weathered the storm, and tried to slow the play down, having created little themselves since the break, but they got a big boost when their first opportunity of the second half landed in the back of the net. There was a bit of fortune behind it, in that Ben Whitfield's cross into the box played pinball inside the box, with Morecambe unable to clear their lines, and it fell nicely to Alex Lacey, who fired home from close range for a 2-1 lead.

Rather than settle for that scoreline, Yeovil were the most positive they'd been in months, as they pushed play up field, with Francois Zoko unfortunate to get a goal, as Barry Roche saved his volleyed effort. But the Glovers got their third of the afternoon when a Ben Whitfield corner found the head of Bevis Mugabi for his first Football League competition goal, and Whitfield's second assist of the day. 3-1 up!

With the sudden two goal buffer, Yeovil began to play with freedom. They should have been further ahead shortly after, when Kevin Dawson set up Matt Dolan, and his typical long range shot bounced off the goalpost. Awaiting the rebound was Francois Zoko and he should have buried it, but ended up firing over the bar, with a bit too emphasis on power rather than placement. Further chances fell for Liam Shephard and Ben Whitfield, with the former shot beaten away by Roche who was having a difficult afternoon.

In the closing stages, another Matt Dolan long ranger was saved, before Tom Eaves missed a great opportunity to score after Whitfield set him up - the shot went wide of the target instead. But the third goal had killed Morecambe's resolve, and once that went in there was only one outcome in the match. The formation change gave Yeovil more open expansive football, and it suited them as they ran out as comfortable winners. That victory still keeps them 17th but most importantly will help settle any nerves in terms of what was happening below them in the table - the 11 point gap should mean they can play their final ten games with a bit of freedom, which they did today.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Morecambe 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Matt Butcher (0-1, 45 mins), Antony Evans (1-1, 53 mins), Alex Lacey (1-2, 65 mins), Bevis Mugabi (1-3, 71 mins)

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
5 Ryan Edwards 6 Dean Winnard 16 Alex Whitmore
19 Michael Duckworth 21 Antony Evans 8 Peter Murphy 10 Lee Molyneux
15 Aaron Wildig
7 Paul Mullin 11 Kevin Ellison

Substitutes:
2 Liam Wakefield 3 Aaron McGowan 12 Danijel Nizic 14 Luke Conlan 17 Andrew Fleming 18 Rhys Turner (78 mins for Antony Evans) 27 Luke Jordan (78 mins for Kevin Ellison)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 16. Matt Butcher (44 mins for Alex Lawless) 17. Omar Sowunmi 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Morecambe Bookings: Kevin Ellison (foul, 74 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Butcher (foul, 84 mins)

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Kevin Mulraine (Cumbria) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester). Fourth Official: Aaron Jackson (Liverpool).

Attendance: 1,433 (with 95 Yeovil Town supporters).


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11 March 2017 : Team News For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Luton Town last weekend. Striker Tom Eaves replaces Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro in the starting line-up with the club reverting to a 4-3-3 formation as a result.

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak reaches a milestone today, as he plays his 100th match for Yeovil Town. Midfielder Ollie Bassett has completed a loan with Dorchester Town and gets a place on the bench, due to an injury to Brandon Goodship.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones - the fifth match in a row that pair have been the two to sit the game out.

Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee) and defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments). Striker Brandon Goodship is out with a foot injury. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
5 Ryan Edwards 6 Dean Winnard 16 Alex Whitmore
19 Michael Duckworth 21 Antony Evans 8 Peter Murphy 10 Lee Molyneux
15 Aaron Wildig
7 Paul Mullin 11 Kevin Ellison

Substitutes:
2 Liam Wakefield 3 Aaron McGowan 12 Danijel Nizic 14 Luke Conlan 17 Andrew Fleming 18 Rhys Turner 27 Luke Jordan


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11 March 2017 : Glovers Keeper Krysiak Reaches Club Milestone
Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak reaches a personal career milestone this afternoon, when Yeovil Town face Morecambe in a League Two fixture at the Globe Arena. The former Exeter City and Birmingham City player is about to make his 100th appearance for the club, in the 3.00p.m. kick-off, as he heads towards the end of his third season with the Glovers.

Brought in over the summer of 2014 by Gary Johnson, Artur had a slow start to his Yeovil Town career, featuring only on an infrequent basis during his first season. That led to Paul Sturrock transfer-listing him in the summer of 2015, shortly after his arrival as manager. However, Sturrock's u-turn later that summer saw Krysiak become the club's No.1 keeper during the 2015-16 campaign, with him picking up End of Season Awards from the GWSC, Cary Glovers and DSA, as well as picking up a Community Sports Trust Community Award.

With the exception of EFL Trophy fixtures this season, he's been an ever present, and is currently five games away from matching last season's appearance total, yet with eleven matches to go. His 100th appearance will make him one of three players at the club to break into three figures, with Nathan Smith way out in front on 248 appearances, whilst Kevin Dawson should be making his 134th appearance for the club today.

Artur will become the 23rd Yeovil Town player to represent the club in more than 100 games since their entry into the Football League. Of those, Nathan Smith is continuing to stretch his lead as the club's most used player since their promotion in the summer of 2003 - a total of 30 appearances ahead of the retired Terry Skiverton (with the rest of Skivo's appearances stretching into our non-league days).

There's only one other goalkeeper who has made over 100 appearances since we entered the Football League - unsurprisingly it's Chris Weale, who made 148 appearances for the club (as part of his total 236 appearances) since the summer of 2003.

Link: Artur Krysiak : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: August 2016 : Kevin Dawson Reaches Three Figure Milestone For Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2016 : Nathan Smith Reaches Double Ton Milestone.


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11 March 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of January saw them go into battle with Plymouth Argyle in a League Two match. The game was one of three defenders - Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey netted quickfire goals for the Glovers early in the second half, before former Glover Jakub Sokolik pulled one back for the Pilgrims, giving the home side a 2-1 win.

Man of the Match voting saw two of the club's right-sided players dominate the voting, as Ben Whitfield came in third place whilst playing as a wide forward. Behind him in the formation, but ahead of him in the polling was Kevin Dawson on the right side of midfield. They were both beaten by defender Nathan Smith, whose goal would have helped his cause, although it was worth noting that 60 seconds before that he had executed a superb defensive block at the other end, whilst the game was goalless.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1. Nathan Smith 296 (18)
2. Kevin Dawson 252 (14)
3. Ben Whitfield 178 (12)
4. Tom Eaves 174 (10)
5. Alex Lacey 34 (0)
6. Francois Zoko 34 (2)
7. Ryan Dickson 20 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 18 (1)
9. Matthew Dolan 14 (0)
10. Matt Butcher 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.74
Performance : 7.82
Entertainment : 7.65
VOTES RECEIVED : 57


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10 March 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers : Man Of The Match Result
On the last weekend in January, Yeovil Town came up against League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers in a fixture at Huish Park. The Yorkshire side had somewhat outclassed the Glovers in the Keepmoat Stadium fixture earlier in the season, and it was a case of 'mind the gap' as they inflicted a 0-3 home defeat upon us, with Matthieu Baudry netting the opener before John Marquis bagged two.

Even though he conceded three, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was recognised in the Man of the Match voting as having kept the scoreline down somewhat across the 90 minutes. Ahead of him was AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield, who came on as a half time substitute but still did more than enough to warrant a runner-up slot. The poll winner though was Kevin Dawson, who played on the right hand side of midfield throughout the game.

Full poll results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Kevin Dawson 78 (6)
2. Ben Whitfield 66 (4)
3. Artur Krysiak 52 (3)
4. Tom Eaves 30 (1)
5. Matt Butcher 28 (2)
6. Matthew Dolan 26 (1)
7. Nathan Smith 22 (1)
8. Francois Zoko 14 (0)
9. Otis Khan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.63
Performance : 4.42
Entertainment : 4.84
VOTES RECEIVED : 19


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10 March 2017 : Darren Previews The Morecambe Away Game
As part of the build-up to the long trip to Morecambe tomorrow, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives some of his views on positive statistics relating to the club's season, the inevitable question on the lack of goals scored, and how he thinks the opposition are doing. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.


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10 March 2017 : Magpies Boss Explains Bassett Return
Dorchester Town manager Craig Laird has explained some of his thinking behind the decision not to extend Ollie Bassett's loan spell at the Avenue Stadium. The 19 year old has just finished his third deal with the Magpies, clocking up 21 appearances and scoring four goals along the way, but it's now been confirmed that it was Laird's own choice not to extend the current arrangements any further.

Bassett exits a side that have had a difficult season this year, even if their Southern League Premier Division status should be assured by the end of the campaign. They lie in 18th place in the current table, with a midweek win over Hayes and Yeading United making a huge difference to their situation, given that the West Londoners are below them and in the relegation zone. That win gave Dorchester a ten point margin over the 21st and 22nd placed clubs that they need to stay above.

Laird isn't making any assumptions yet over Dorchester's security though, and told the Dorset Echo that although he thought Bassett had great skills, he saw him more as a 'luxury' player that would prosper more in a side that was at the upper end of a League table, rather than one that was struggling down towards the lower reaches of the division. As such he decided to send him back to Huish Park, even though he believes the former Southampton academy player is still capable of playing at Football League level:

"I really rate Ollie highly as a football player, he’s technically very good, confident on the ball and, in a side sitting in a better position in the league, he’d probably be more of an asset to us. Unfortunately his skillset isn’t quite right for a team fighting relegation and having to battle and work hard to gain results. He’s more destined to being in a side in a higher position, who can further enhance his skills as a player. He’s a luxury player and a very good one at that, and if we were fighting at the top end of the league he’d have fitted into the team a bit better. Ollie has a future in front of him and it’s all in his hands. I wish him all the best and hopefully we see his name in lights, playing somewhere in the Football League so he can achieve what he wants to in the game."

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has stated that he has yet to talk to Laird to get more detail on Bassett's performances whilst he was out on loan, but implies that he'd only be considered for selection once he'd had that conversation.


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10 March 2017 : Former Loanee Walsh Takes Premier League 2 Monthly Award
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh has been given the Premier League 2 Player Of The Month Award. The accolade recognises performances in the Under-23 League competition for EPPP Category One academy clubs, mainly covering Premier League sides' set-ups. He has been given the award for February 2017 as one of the key players in Everton's Under-23s side, despite still being only 19 years old.

Everton are currently three points clear at the top of the league, with four matches remaining, and Walsh's contribution during February included a goal in a 2-0 victory over Southampton in front of a 6,000 crowd at Goodison Park. Everton have been impressed enough with his form to make the decision to not send him out on loan this season, and to reward him with a contract until June 2019. Development Squad manager David Unsworth has said of the progress Walsh has made:

"Quite simply, he's been outstanding, not just this last month but all season. He's arguably been one of our best players. The potential that we’ve seen these last few years, we are now seeing it week in week out. He's got a great consistency and very rarely does his levels drop below excellent. He's a tenacious midfielder with great technical ability and a wide range of passing. He has got the lot. He has learnt about the physical side over the last 18 months and that part of his game has got better and better. Now he runs games - he doesn't just play in 10 or 15-minute periods. Nine times out of 10 he is the player who has most touches of a ball in the game. It's no coincidence that when Liam plays well, we play well. He has an amazing character, he's the focal point. His personality is infectious and we’ll certainly need him during the run-in."

This had been the second occasion that Walsh had been nominated for the Player Of The Month Award - he was on the November 2016 shortlist, but ended up missing out on the actual award.


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10 March 2017 : Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Morecambe and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Globe Arena on Saturday 11th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Mr Brown was last seen for a Yeovil Town match against York City in August 2015. This was meant to be the middle of the British summer, but instead we got torrents of rain and a match that seemed to lose itself in the middle of the Yorkshire gloom. We don't recall the referee doing much wrong - our problem was a lack of creativity in a game that we lost 1-0.

We had a bit more to say about him back in March 2014, after he took charge of a 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Whilst the game was goalless, there was a key moment in the game that saw a perfectly good goal chalked off by Mr Brown after England goalkeeper Rob Green lost his footing inside the box, slicing the ball straight to Luke Ayling who returned the ball into the back of the net. Mr Brown ruled that James Hayter had blocked Green's goal kick, but video footage (below) showed Hayter a good distance from the keeper at the time the kick was taken, and with his back turned - it also confirmed that Green's standing foot slipped. As such it was in our view a refereeing howler, and needless to say Gary Johnson wasn't best pleased after the game. All in all, he didn't have too bad a game, but if the Glovers had managed to take a 1-0 lead, then the game could have taken a very different path, and our suspicion is that Mr Brown assumed there had been some kind of obstruction for Green to have sliced the ball so badly, rather than actually seeing it clearly with his own eyes.

Rob Green is apparently impeded by Yeovil striker James Hayter in lead-up to Luke Ayling's disallowed goal
Rob Green is apparently impeded by Yeovil striker James Hayter in lead-up to Luke Ayling's disallowed goal


We had him twice during the 2012-13 season in quick succession. The first saw him involved in the September 2012 away fixture against Preston North End - the League One encounter rather than the second FA Cup game. He was therefore the referee that dismissed Ed Upson on the day for two bookable offences, but in all honesty we couldn't complain about either. The Western Gazette said of his performance: "his decision-making favoured Yeovil and often left both sets of fans annoyed" - as we recall, he was booed off at half time by the home support though more as a general grumbling than any specific incident. Then he turned up for the November 2013 home fixture against Stevenage - a fairly dreadful 1-3 home defeat, and home fans took it out on him during the second half when he made a series of iffy decisions as the game deteriorated - the Gazette added "Mr Brown was incredibly inconsistent, but thankfully often kept his cards in his pocket."

We also had him for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skiverton after the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly. Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.

Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

The man himself describes his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". We wonder how much moaning in his ear he gets from players on a Saturday afternoon.

Mr Brown will be assisted by Kevin Mulraine (Cumbria) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Aaron Jackson (Liverpool).

Link: August 2015 : York City 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2014 : Queens Park Rangers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 3.

Link: September 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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10 March 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make a long journey up the M6, where they will face Morecambe in a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide for the Globe Arena and surrounding area has been updated to cover the fixture. Find directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide, club statistics and other such information via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Trio Still Expected To Be Out For Morecambe Trip.

Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground
Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground



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9 March 2017 : Sheehan's Exiles Stay Ended By ACL Injury
Former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Sheehan has left Newport County and returned to his parent club Swansea City. Although it's happened on the same day that manager Graham Westley has left the building, his departure is wholly unconnected - the 21 year old has not played since February 25th, and he has been diagnosed as suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and so will be going under the knife.

Such injuries tend to keep players out of the game for around six to nine months, and so clearly he wasn't going to play for Newport during the remainder of his loan spell for the club. He scored seven goals in 25 appearances, and so had been one of the successes at Rodney Parade this season. Josh said of his depature from the club:

"Gutted to find out this week that I've injured my ACL, it's going to be a long tough journey back but I will be back stronger and more determined than ever. Also would like to thank everyone at Newport County for giving me this opportunity and wish them the best of luck for the future."

Meanwhile Newport have added former Gillingham youth team coach Wayne Hatswell to their coaching ranks, to act as an assistant to Caretaker Manager Mike Flynn who has become Westley's successor until the end of the 2016-17 season. Hatswell is a former Newport first team coach and assistant manager, and so knows the Exiles well. However, he'll probably be most known for scoring one of the more horrific own goals in FA Cup history when he smashed the ball into his own net whilst on the books of Forest Green Rovers in a 2001 tie against Morecambe.


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9 March 2017 : Trio Still Expected To Be Out For Morecambe Trip
Yeovil Town are expected to remain without three of their key players for this weekend's trip to Morecambe, even if there is claimed to be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for two of them. Left-back Nathan Smith has been missing for five games, and was initially diagnosed with a dead leg before that was clarified as being a medial knee ligament strain. Meanwhile, wide man Otis Khan has been absent for twelve matches, after an ankle injury in an EFL Trophy game put him on the sidelines.

Manager Darren Way has described both players as 'close' although given that last week the Glovers boss indicated that Smith was going to be absent for "three or four weeks" it would be a bit of a lazarus moment if he was particularly near a return. Meanwhile Khan was identified as being a couple of weeks away from full fitness, although this has tended to be a bit of a rolling event - there is no confirmation of him being back into full contact training yet.

More vague though, is the situation regarding captain Darren Ward. He saw a specialist on February 28th, but nine days later the club are still waiting for that specialist's opinion on what the 38 year old's next steps should be.

The club in theory are able to add midfielder Ollie Bassett to their squad, although Way has stated that he wants to talk to Dorchester Town manager Craig Laird about his month's performances down at the Avenue Stadium before considering him for selection. If that conversation did not happen at the end of the 19 year old's loan spell, it would imply that he won't be on the bus to Morecambe.

As usual, the Glovers will have to leave out two of their loan players for this weekend's trip, with Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones having been the unlucky pair for the past four matches. There's no hint at this stage of whether that situation may change.


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9 March 2017 : Final Call For Advance Ticketing For Morecambe Trip
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase advance tickets for Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Morecambe should note that you need to make your purchase by the end of today. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be stopping sale on tickets at 5.00p.m. due to the need to return the ticket batch back up to the Globe Arena first thing on Friday morning.

You can purchase on the day of the game from the Globe Arena, if you don't get a chance to book this afternoon. What this means in practice is that tickets will be off sale at both ends throughout Friday.

For full ticket and travel information, head to the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.


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9 March 2017 : Westley Loses His Grip Again As Exiles Fire Manager
He managed to cling onto the Rodney Parade railings for three days, but there comes a point in which you lose your grip - Graham Westley has left the Newport County building. The decision to fire him came at a Newport board meeting last night, and this morning they have confirmed that the manager, along with his assistant Dino Maamria have left the club.

Westley arrived as manager on October 7th 2016 with Newport three points from safety, and with two games in hand. He leaves them eleven points from safety with just one game in hand. His final match was a catastrophic 0-4 home defeat against relegation rivals Leyton Orient that saw them cut adrift of even the 23rd placed club by six points.

His final record for the Exiles stands as six wins, nine draws and fourteen defeats, although as far as the League Two matches were concerned he was on a run of just one victory in twenty matches, and barring a miracle run of form they seem likely to drop out of the Football League.

Newport's First Team Coach Michael Flynn has been named as Caretaker Manager until the end of the 2016-17 season. One key decision he will need to make is whether to recall midfield pair Ben Tozer and Mark Randall to the first team squad. Westley had banished both players, forcing them to train with the youth team, along with Jack Compton, who has since joined Merthyr Town on loan.


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9 March 2017 : Allen Given Short Term Wrexham Deal
Former Yeovil Town winger Iffy Allen has signed for National League side Wrexham after a short trial at the Racecourse Ground. The 22 year old had been training with them following his release from Aldershot Town just before Christmas 2016, and has now been given a contract until the end of the 2016-17 season.

This is Allen's third National League club since his departure from Yeovil Town in February 2016, having played half a season for Torquay United before his half-season spell with Aldershot.

Manager Dean Keates implies that Wrexham's final ten matches of the 2016-17 season will give him an opportunity to see whether Allen is worth a longer spell at their club:

"He's done well in training with us and has something different to what we’ve got. He goes past people and it’s an opportunity over the last 10 games for us to take a closer look."

Wrexham are awaiting international clearance before they can put him out on the pitch, with a home match against Gateshead coming up this weekend. They have ultra-slim chances of making the play-offs, given that they lie in 10th place and eight points behind fifth placed Dover Athletic, with most of the clubs above them also having games in hand.

The North Wales side also count Izale McLeod amongst their ranks - he's managed nine appearances and one goal since his arrival in January 2017.


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8 March 2017 : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Towards the tail end of January, Yeovil Town travelled to play Blackpool in a League Two fixture at Bloomfield Road. The match ended up being one of frustration, as the Glovers twice took the lead during the match, through Francois Zoko and Darren Ward, only to be pegged back on each occasion, with Nathan Delfouneso's 95th minute goal meaning they ended up only taking home a 2-2 draw.

Man of the Match voting was a tight one, with right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson and holding midfielder Matt Butcher recognised for their roles in the game. The poll winner though was Francois Zoko, who played a slightly deeper role at the start of the match, before moving nto a wide role once the 4-3-3 was reestablished.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Francois Zoko 22 (2)
2. Matt Butcher 18 (1)
3. Kevin Dawson 16 (1)
4. Darren Ward 12 (0)
5. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
6. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
7. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
8. Liam Shephard 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.2
Performance : 6.4
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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8 March 2017 : Bassett Magpies Loan Spell Ends
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has returned to Huish Park after the end of his third loan spell with Dorchester Town. The 19 year old had completed a month's loan at the Avenue Stadium, but was left out of their squad for the match against Hayes and Yeading United last night, after the Magpies made two new signings on the day of the fixture.

The explanation for his absence is that his month deal has not been extended further. He will therefore become part of the Yeovil Town squad once again. Overall across the three loan spells, Ollie made 21 appearances, scoring four goals for Dorchester. He has yet to get onto the pitch for Yeovil Town during the 2016-17 season, having played twice under Paul Sturrock during the 2015-16 campaign.

This now just leaves Joe Lea out on loan - he is due to spend the remainder of the 2016-17 season on loan with Gosport Borough.


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8 March 2017 : Huish Park To Host Armed Forces Representative Game
Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium will be used to host a representative match between the Royal Navy and Army sides. On Wednesday 22nd March there will be two matches staged at two different venues, with the Glovers hosting the men's representative match with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Earlier in the day, there will be a Women's representative match staged at RNAS Yeovilton, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission to both fixtures are free of charge. There will be bar facilities available on the day, with music provided by the RNAS Yeovilton Volunteer Band. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are also supporting the event, so although it is free of charge to attend the game, keep an eye out for any opportunity to contribute to their campaigns.


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8 March 2017 : 2016-17 High Holborne Shield Final At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium will once again stage the final of the High Holborne Shield at the end of this season. The Under-12s local cup competition has historically been the played as one of the final matches before the pitch is closed for its usual summer maintenance. Historically it's had an illustrious path, given that former Glovers Chris Weale and Craig Alcock along with former Southampton defender Martin Cranie played in past finals.

The current holders of the shield, are East Coker Cockerels FC, who beat Avishayes Combe FC (based near Chard) in last season's final. This season Avishayes Combe's new Under-12 group will be having a second go at lifting the shield as they take on Somerton Town in the final.

The match will be played on Sunday 30th April at Huish Park with an 11.00a.m. kick-off. There is normally an admission charge (last year's was £5.00 for adults, with juniors free of charge) with all local football fans invited to attend.


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7 March 2017 : McAllister Promoted To Bristol City First Team Coaching Role
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has been promoted to the first team coaching staff at Bristol City. The 38 year old, who finished his playing career with Exeter City following a short spell with Kerala Blasters, had been manager of their Under-23s side, but has been promoted to the title of First Team Coach in the wake of the departure of Assistant Head Coach John Pemberton from the club.

The shake-up at Ashton Gate, which also includes the departure of Head of Scouting Des Taylor, comes with Lee Johnson's side having dropped into the Championship relegation zone on Saturday. They now have a full set of former Glovers in their management team, with former Glovers keeper David Coles responsible for City's goalkeepers.

City have not won in six matches, and inevitably there was plenty of press speculation that Johnson was about to get fired from the club. However, it would appear that the exit of Pemberton and Taylor are designed to act as the catalyst, with McAllister, who was part of City's 2007's League One promotion winning squad, given the higher profile.


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7 March 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Learning From The Luton Loss
Saturday's League Two match against Luton Town gave a nasty jolt to the system with a 0-4 defeat in front of the home supporters. With the club now on a run of just one win in sixteen fixtures, the latest Taff's Gloversblog picks apart that match, as well as some of the more recent issues that are afoot. Read the blog via the link below, and as usual add your own thoughts via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Learning From The Luton Loss.


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7 March 2017 : Date And Venue Set For Ladies FA Cup Fifth Round Trip
Yeovil Town Ladies now have a firm date for their FA Women's Cup Fifth Round tie against Notts County Ladies. There had been a bit of a delay on proceedings here, due to Notts County's men's side having already had their League Two fixture against Barnet switched to the Sunday as a result of a fixtures clash that sees Nottingham Forest hosting Derby County on the Saturday at the City Ground.

There had been attempts to arrange a double header at Meadow Lane but that's not been possible. The Ladies FA Cup match will therefore take place at Eastwood Town FC on Sunday 19th March, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

Address: Eastwood Town CFC, Chewton Street, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 8HB.

As yet tickets are not on sale, but will be made available from the Notts County end in due course.


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6 March 2017 : Morton Given Baggies First Team Training Ground Time After Three Early Goals
Former Yeovil Town Academy striker Callum Morton has been given a chance to see what he can do in training with West Bromwich Albion's first team squad, despite having only arrived at the Hawthorns in mid-January. The 17 year old former Torquay Academy pupil was given a scholarship with the Baggies after he was part of the Under-18s side that knocked the EPPP Category One club out of the FA Youth Cup.

Morton has been prominent since his move to the Midlands, scoring in three consecutive Under-18s matches against Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Everton's youth teams, and that sort of early form has been enough for Baggies boss Tony Pulis to bring him into the first team squad to measure him up. Pulis told the Express and Star that he was impressed by what he had seen so far, but explained that giving youth team players time in that environment would be done in a selective manner:

"We've brought the lad in from Yeovil who has trained with us. He's done really well and we've been pleased with him. But we don't want to get into a situation where we're having hundreds in and then there's no time to view them. We want to see them in small groups."


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6 March 2017 : GWSC Travel To Barnet
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Barnet. The match takes place at the Hive Stadium on Wednesday 15th March 2017, with a 8.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Barnet : Wednesday 15th March 2017.
Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £23.00; Member Concessions: £21.00
Adult Non-Members: £25.00; Non-Member Concessions: £23.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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6 March 2017 : Westley On The Brink After Basement Battle Thrashing
League Two basement side Newport County appear to be considering the position of our old friend Graham Westley. The eye-catching result of the weekend came at Rodney Parade where the bottom two sides met, with Leyton Orient gliding through the South Wales mud to record a 4-0 away win. Danny Webb's side's victory was made all the more remarkable given that it came via a side that featured 12 players aged 20 or under on their teamsheet, with seven of them young enough to play for Orient's Under-18s side. All four goals came from 18 year olds, with Steven Alzate scoring on his first start, whilst Josh Koroma netted a hat-trick - his first three goals for his first team.

In what was a fairly acute six-pointer, it was fairly obvious that whoever lost would be staring down the barrel of a gun. As a result, it's Newport who lie 11 points from safety with them having 12 games to go, whilst Orient have at least given themselves a chance by getting within five points of Notts County.

Westley came into Rodney Parade on October 7th 2016 as a replacement for Warren Feeney. At that time, they were bottom of the table, but were just three points from safety with two games in hand, and so had clear control of their destiny. Unfortunately they have recorded just one win in their last 20 matches, and so that small gap has become a chasm, despite Westley clinging onto the belief that four draws in their six games prior to Saturday showed signs of his team having turned the corner. The League Table said otherwise.

Following Saturday's defeat, reports from both BBC Sport and the South Wales local press suggest that Newport's board are to hold a meeting today where Westley's future will be at the top of their agenda. His time there has been turbulent, with club secretary Graham Bean resigning in December after he claimed Westley was "an impossible man to work with". His decision to transfer list three of his senior players, including former Glovers Ben Tozer and Jack Compton, along with former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall, and force them to train with the Youth Team, raised plenty of eyebrows, given that it was clear that none of the trio's replacements were pulling up trees.

It's not that often it happens, but Westley's predecessor has chosen to speak out about the current regime. Warren Feeney, who was dismissed at the end of September highlights Westley's decision to sideline Tozer and Randall - Compton has since gone out on loan to Merthyr Town - as examples of the mistakes he believes Westley has made. He says that Westley has got no excuses for the position his team are in:

"I look at the results and you have to say they've not improved, they've got worse. I believe I would have turned things around. There were teams worse than us and it wasn’t as if we were getting beaten by three or four – we were competing with teams. The new manager is now saying that the squad wasn’t good enough but when he was appointed he was saying ‘I’ve got good players’ and they were good enough. And he’s got people like Ben Tozer with all his experience – who he said was a Championship player – and Mark Randall, on the sidelines. He let Jon Parkin go and he’s scoring goals for York and he said they’d be challenging for the play-offs by Christmas. Sooner or later you’ve got to stop talking and you’ve got to produce the results on the pitch. He’s won one game in 20 and he’s got no excuses."

As this moment in time, Westley is still clinging onto those Rodney Parade railings, but if the South Wales media have got it right, there may be attempts to prise his fingers from there before the day is out.


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6 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Luton Town Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Luton Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on recalling Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and playing two up front, his side's defensive record, and the visit of Nathan Jones to Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Luton Town.


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5 March 2017 : Slade Fired By Sky Blues As League Two Beckons
League One side Coventry City have parted company with manager Russell Slade. The former Yeovil Town boss had only been appointed to the job on December 21st 2016, with them sat in 23rd place in the league table, and was given just 16 matches in charge at the Ricoh Arena.

During that time, he won three matches and drew five, and has given the Sky Blues a place at Wembley Stadium for their EFL Trophy Final against Oxford United. However, in the league, he has struggled to arrest their slide which even from the day he joined them seemed to point towards them playing League Two football next season. Yesterday they drew 0-0 against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, in a match against one of the teams that they had been hoping to claw back ground on as part of their folorn hopes of avoiding relegation.

Coventry now lie in 24th place, and are thirteen points short of League One safety, with eleven games remaining. The club's supporters are still in heavy dispute with their owners SISU, who are in turn in dispute with both Coventry City Council and new Ricoh Arena landlords Wasps Rugby Club over their leasehold agrement at the ground. It would seem highly likely that we'll be paying them a visit next season.

They now move onto their fourth management team of the 2016-17 season, having started the season with Tony Mowbray, before Mark Venus was given 18 matches in charge, with Slade's spell starting just before Christmas. As yet they've not announced a successor or any caretaker arrangements.


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5 March 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town Match Highlights
For those that want to view the match highlights of yesterday's 0-4 defeat against Luton Town these are now available online. Expect two Danny Hylton strikes (including the penalty award that preceded it), along with a Glen Rea header and a late one from Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. Just don't expect too much Glovers action during the two minutes worth! Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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4 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-4 home defeat against Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the defeat and the club's overall recent form can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Home Game.


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4 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-4 defeat against Luton Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Luton Town.


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4 March 2017 : Way Admits Luton Had Too Much Class But Won't Hide From Criticism
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that his side came up against a Luton Town side that had 'too much class' for the Glovers to deal with today. The 0-4 home defeat was their worst of the 2016-17 season, and was never in doubt, as a first half brace from Danny Hylton - the first from the penalty spot - made it a comfortable victory for the Hatters.

Way believed that the opening penalty - awarded for a Bevis Mugabi foul on Isaac Vassell - should never have been awarded, but he admitted after the match that his side lacked resilience after they fell behind to that 7th minute spot kick, and said that goalscorer Danny Hylton ran the show for Luton throughout the match:

"It's always disappointing when you lose. We were up against a very good team today. I thought that Danny Hylton ran the show from start to finish. He got a standing ovation after, and I felt from the amount of experience in the games that we've had against him he was a real threat, and unfortunately we couldn't deal with that. It's disappointing. I look at the decision with the penalty - I've watched it again and it wasn't a penalty. But you're looking at your team and are you resilient? You could see that there were ten or fifteen minutes after that, where we couldn't get the ball or hold possession really well and it became difficult for us. We were up against a good team that just had too much class for us."

The Yeovil boss is now on a run of just one victory in sixteen League Two matches, with no wins in their last eight matches in all competitions. He claimed that this coaching team had prepared for the game in the best way possible, but said that in the end, a 'difference in class' between the two teams was at the heart of it all:

"I knew when I took over this job, as I've seen many managers who have been in my position, and I knew the club was not going to be easy to manage. I knew this year was going to be my most difficult, I know supporters can turn, and with a young team, it was about being on the sideline making sure that we manage this between now and the end of the season, and I've got to do it well. I thought that as a group, with the build-up to this game, and with the game on Tuesday, we managed it in the best way that we could to try to get three points. Unfortunately you could see the difference in class. As a manager, you sometimes have to stand there and you have to take responsibility and that's one thing I'm not afraid of."

On the full time whistle, there were plenty of boos around the stadium, from those who had not already left the ground when Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu's killer fourth goal had gone in during the 85th minute. Way said he understood that criticism - some of which he said was coming from social media, as well as on the pitch - but said that he would aim to protect his players from what was aimed at them during the current poor run of form, insisting that he would not be the one to hide from that:

"I will take responsibility and I will take the criticism, and I'll do everything that I can to protect my players. Overall as a group, I think they've given everything to the football club. Unfortunately we've got some younger ones, who I said from day one, on social media now it's changed the dynamics, and it's changed the way young players settle in. Some of them are on that sort of stuff, and as much as you want to ignore it, it sometimes can affect them. I do expect a level of criticism but it's very difficult when they are getting booed on every pass. But it is understandable, and we have to deal with that. One thing that a top manager told me this week, is that you can run, but you can't hide, and one thing I'm not going to do, is I'm not going to hide."


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4 March 2017 : Yeovil 0 Luton 4 : Hylton Double Leaves Glovers Well Beaten
Yeovil Town suffered their worst defeat of the 2016-17 season this afternoon, after promotion-chasing Luton Town easily picked them off, as they gained a 4-0 away win. The Glovers were second best for much of the match, with Hatters top scorer Danny Hylton getting a first half brace - the first was an early penalty after Bevis Mugabi had fouled inside the box, whilst the second came on the counter-attack from a Yeovil corner. A Glen Rea header from a free kick gave Luton their third, whilst Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu was given far too much space five minutes from the end to rifle home Luton's fourth and leave Yeovil with just one win in their last 16 league fixtures.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up with two loan strikers swapping around. Barnet's Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro came in for Tottenham Hotspur's Shayon Harrison, and that was the only change in the eighteen, with Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones sat in the stands for the fourth game running as the club's excess loanees. In the opposition side, former loanee Jordan Cook started, whilst Lawson D'Ath was on the bench.

Yeovil needed a good start to deal with statistics that had seen them fail to score in the previous three matches. But they didn't get it - seven minutes into the match, Bevis Mugabi challenged Isaac Vassell inside the box and referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the spot. Some fans felt Mugabi had got the ball, but it looked as though he'd gone through Vassell to get it, and Danny Hylton's spot kick was smartly chipped over the diving Artur Krysiak and down the centre of the goal for a 0-1 scoreline.

Unsurprisingly, the Glovers looked rattled, and Luton's style of play seemed to upset them with Hylton in particular king of the wind-ups, particularly in the way he had chosen to celebrate his penalty in front of Yeovil Town supporters. Unfortunately players seemed to be getting suckered into that, instead of playing their own game. From a Luton corner it was nearly 2-0 but Glen Rea's header found Liam Shephard well positioned on the goal post to clear the ball off the line.

Scott Cuthbert put a shot over the bar from a Glen Rea cut-back, as the visitors dominated the first 20 minutes or so. Yeovil seemed to be just about starting to find their feet in the game, but slack defending from their own corner saw them fall further behind. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had stretched acrobatically for a shot, and that was followed up by a series of corners that saw Francois Zoko have an attempt from a Matt Dolan set piece deflect wide. Unfortunately when Ben Whitfield's corner from the other side was cleared up field by Luton, Danny Hylton burst through behind the stretched defensive line, and confidently finished for a 0-2 scoreline.

Yeovil weren't helped by the officials, but they also weren't helped by themselves, with the first half looking a little bit like wise old men playing naive inexperienced boys at times. On the odd occasion the ball reached the two forwards, Luton's defence was well organised enough to clear, with Stephen O'Donnell on hand to stop a Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro into the danger zone going much further than the six yard line. The same striker produced a diving header early in the second period as they looked for the goal that would get them back into the game but it went wide.

Luton were far far more clinical though. Ten minutes into the second half, an Alan Sheehan free kick was sent to the back post, and Glen Rea was available to head home in an emphatic style, for the killer 0-3 scoreline. It was only then that Darren Way chose to change what was a largely floundering Yeovil side, with Shayon Harrison replacing Ben Whitfied, whilst Akpa Akpro coming off for Tom Eaves, although in truth with the game already gone that did little to fix the balance of the game, even if Yeovil switched to a 4-3-3 as a result.

Yeovil's best chance of the game came from another one of Ryan Dickson's strong pinpoint crosses. His ball into the area forced Matt Macey into an outstanding save from a Shayon Harrison shot on goal, with the ball parried away for a corner. From that set piece Bevis Mugabi put wide, and Yeovil seemed to gradually dry up in terms of their opportunities, with Luton content to sit back on their lead.

In the closing stages, Luton capitalised on a demoralised looking Yeovil side. Holding midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu made a rare break forward, and he was given way too much space on the edge of the box, and cut inside to fire home from the edge of the box for Luton's fourth of the day. That was the cue for the fans to stream out of the ground, with those remaining inside the ground making their feelings known on the final whistle, on a day where there was a large gap between both skill and organisation between the two teams.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Luton Town 4.

Scorers: Danny Hylton (0-1, 7 mins), Danny Hylton (0-2, 31 mins), Glen Rea (0-3, 55 mins), Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (0-4, 85 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
8. Alex Lawless
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (67 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro) 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (82 mins for Matt Dolan) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (62 mins for Ben Whitfield)

Luton Town:
13 Matt Macey
2 Stephen O'Donnell 6 Scott Cuthbert 16 Glen Rea 44 Alan Sheehan
17 Pelly Ruddock
7 Jake Gray 4 Jonathan Smith
10 Jordan Cook
9 Danny Hylton 20 Isaac Vassell

Substitutes:
1 Stuart Moore 3 Dan Potts (66 mins for Jake Gray) 5 John Mullins 14 Jack Marriott (76 mins for Danny Hylton) 24 Lawson D'Ath 28 Ollie Palmer (69 mins for Isaac Vassell) 36 James Justin

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 35 mins), Alex Lawless (foul, 58 mins)

Luton Town Bookings: Jonathan Smith (foul, 44 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 4,194 (with 698 Luton Town supporters).


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4 March 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Luton Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Mansfield Town on Tuesday. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaces Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison in the starting line-up, with the latter on the bench.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee) and defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments).

Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows - we've assumed the same formation that was used on Tuesday, which was a 4-1-3-2 line-up. However, it's possible to push Ben Whitfield forward to form the more usual 4-3-3 line-up:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
8. Alex Lawless
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Luton Town:
13 Matt Macey
2 Stephen O'Donnell 6 Scott Cuthbert 16 Glen Rea 44 Alan Sheehan
17 Pelly Ruddock
7 Jake Gray 4 Jonathan Smith
10 Jordan Cook
9 Danny Hylton 20 Isaac Vassell

Substitutes:
1 Stuart Moore 3 Dan Potts 5 John Mullins 14 Jack Marriott 24 Lawson D'Ath 28 Ollie Palmer 36 James Justin


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4 March 2017 : Revised Officials For Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Luton Town have been changed by the Football League. We were due to get Darren Handley (Lancashire) for Saturday's match, but he's ducked out of the match due to an injury, and with no offence to him this may be good news as we were going into the match with a zero percent success rate for matches involving him. In his place comes Kevin Johnson (Somerset) - well if you are going to get a referee at short notice, then Weston-super-Mare is one of the easier places to recruit from. He was going to be the Fourth Official for the Championship game between Derby County and Barnsley but will now head the other direction down the M5.

He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2014, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League. Mr Johnson is 39 years old and born in Bristol. He lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

His name will probably be most remembered for his performance in the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game in the city of his birth, with his employment in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers were the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He presumably isn't a Bristol City supporter, but the choice of an official with such obvious links to the Bristol media and the city itself seemed extraordinary.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wondered what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton (now in this afternoon's Luton Town line-up) had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

He was present for the March 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United. There we thought the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood, choosing not to intervene on a few occasions when he could have - notably when Carlisle's Martin Smith was booked for kicking the ball away, got a last warning for a further foul, and then fouled again. Somehow he stayed on the pitch. Despite this apparently favourable outcome for Carlisle personnel, their manager Keith Curle wasn't happy after the match, accusing Johnson of being biased - words that we're surprised the FA didn't take an interest in. He complained that Johnson's geographical roots were influencing his decision-making - a bit surprising given that Mr Curle, as a Bristolian himself, should know that someone from Bristol isn't going to willingly hand our favours to someone from Yeovil!

Mr Johnson has taken charge of three 2016-17 fixtures so far. The first was the August 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth. With that being a seven goal thriller, there wasn't room enough in the 4-3 win for us to get too agitated about referees. There was one late moment where his decision-making did become key, when he denied Pompey what would have been an 8th goal in the match and a late equaliser, with the visitors appealing that Amine Linganzi had bundled the ball over the line. In fairness to the referee, that was probably one for his assistant to decide - the answer was 'no' and Yeovil got the win. He then returned for the December 2016 League Two fixture against Barnet. There he had a fairly quiet match, and our downfall was more down to our inability to finish in front of goal, with Barnet executing a classic smash'n'grab with their only shot on target of the entire match.

The most recent visit for Mr Johnson to Huish Park came in January 2017. For those who like omens, that was for our last victory, so if we beat Luton Town today, then we'll probably have to offer him a season ticket. He turned up for the 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. Overall we thought he had a bit of a fussy game on the night, but it was hard to argue with his decision to give Artur Krysiak a 90th minute yellow card for some rather protracted timewasting. Given it gave us three points a minute or two after that, no big complaints either.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Barnet 1.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.


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3 March 2017 : Gulls Take Glovers Academy Scout As New Head Of Recruitment
Yeovil Town Academy's Head of Recruitment has left the club to take up a similar position with Torquay United. Following Geoff Harrop's decision to leave the Glovers and take up the position as General Manager at Plainmoor, he has recruited former Southampton and Bristol City Academy coach Dave Hedges as Torquay's Head of Recruitment with a focus on helping the Gulls reestablish their own Academy set-up.

Hedges had been part of the Southampton academy satellite centre in Bath that sourced Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea before they both moved to Yeovil Town, and had also been a British scout for Fenerbahce. He had also been cited in interviews as being one of the key coaches behind the development of Bournemouth full-back Tyrone Mings when he was part of Southampton's Academy, with Crewe Alexandra defender Ben Nugent and Derby County winger Alefe Santos also having been coached or scouted during his time in Bath.

Harrop obviously knows him well from his time at Yeovil Town, and says he plans to use him as a means to recruit young players to Plainmoor, particularly at the Academy end of things:

"Dave has vast experience in picking out players for some big clubs. He’s a great character, and he knows a lot of people in the game. Contacts are everything at this level of football. He’ll be our ears and eyes in the football world. Sound recruitment has to be at the heart of the club."

Yeovil Town are currently aiming to recruit a replacement for Harrop as the club's Academy Manager, but have also recently advertised a vacancy for a Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, who would be principally responsible for managing the club's Under-18s side.


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3 March 2017 : Darren Previews The Luton Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren gives his views on the home pitch, his side's recent scoring record, and the prospect of a third meeting with Luton. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Talks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Luton Town Home Game.


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3 March 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Luton Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 4th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Darren Handley (Lancashire). He is a relatively new referee from a Football League point of view, having been promoted over the summer of 2014. He's taken charge of three Yeovil Town matches so far.

The first two meetings came during the 2014-15 season. The first was the rather woeful 4-1 defeat against Port Vale in October 2014 - one of the worst performances of that season. Whilst the main bulk of the reasons for that defeat lay in our dreadful defending, we weren't too happy with his early decision-making, suggesting that he'd shown himself up as a rookie by allowing himself to be cajoled into booking two of our players early on - but only after Port Vale players had surrounded him, telling him what to do. It probably didn't help the situation, but wasn't the main cause.

He then took charge of a 1-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road in February 2015. We lost to a 38th minute Nicky Ajose goal and then spent the rest of the game struggling to get a goal that would get us back into the match. Whilst much of that was down to our own problems in front of goal, we were rather frustrated by Mr Handley's interpretation of what constituted a foul, and what didn't. The game became a bit stop-start as a consequence.

Most recently, he was present for the December 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Mr Handley seemed to be having a low key match until the game reached the final 10 minutes. We had loud appeals for a penalty when Ryan Hedges was tackled by Macaulay Gillesphey as he ran into the box - the referee gave a corner, making it obvious that he thought the Carlisle defender had got a boot on the ball first. Darren Way made it clear after the game that he disagreed: "I feel that decision from the referee was very very poor for the penalty. For me, from where I was stood it was a definite penalty - definite. When you come away to Carlisle, some referees just bottle those big decisions. I thought he bottled it" - the Glovers boss was to bring the incident up several times in interviews that followed. Yeovil went on to lose the match 2-1.

Mr Handley is a PE teacher at Tottington High School, and got into refereeing at an early age, moving from level eight to level four by the time he turned 18 - something that saw him move into the West Lancashire Football League during 1995. He was promoted to the North West Counties Football League referees list in 2000, before joining the national list for assistant referees in 2006. Prior to his promotion to the Football League, one of his final moments saw him take charge of the Conference Play-off semi-final second leg between Cambridge United and Halifax. This season he's done 31 matches, producing 108 yellow cards and two red cards. That's slightly top-heavy on the cautions but is balanced out by the low number of dismissals.

Mr Handley will be assisted by Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2014 : Port Vale 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2015 : Crewe Alexandra 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Carlisle United 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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2 March 2017 : Sin Bins On The Agenda For IFAB Wembley AGM
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meet at Wembley Stadium tomorrow as part of their 2017 AGM. IFAB are the body that are responsible for the defining and refinement of football's Laws of the Game, and all of the small print associated with them, and have in recent years been responsible for the allowance of things such as goal-line technology, along with this season's change to allow kick-offs to be started with one player in the centre circle.

One of the most significant things on tomorrow's agenda is the question of whether football can make use of the 'sin bin' system that is used in rugby union, to provide a short term penalty against a team. This will be discussed in relation to the current yellow card system, where IFAB could agree to a process of five or ten minute temporary sin bins to be in place for either a certain number of cautionable offences, or as a blanket measure.

Various football opinion articles in the past have discussed the idea of using sin bins where excessive dissent is shown towards the match officials. However, clearly IFAB need to consider the effect that such an introduction might have upon deserved red card offences and how those are handled.

IFAB are also being asked to consider modifications to rules that could give individual country organisations such as the Football Association more authority over certain rules such as the length of games and the number of substitutions that can be made in a competitive fixture. It's unlikely that this would be aimed at first team fixtures, but may provide more options for youth or development football competitions.

Also on the agenda is the use of Video Assistant Referees, which is currently being trialled but with no firm plans at this stage to roll them out. They also plan to discuss the role of the Team Captain and how that could be used in order to improve discipline. They also plan to re-review the current implementation of this season's changes to the Denial of a Goalscoring Opportunity rules, and the usage of a fourth substitute in the extra time of cup and play-off competitions.

If any changes are adopted, then they will be formally drafted and then rolled out, usually at the start of a new football season.


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2 March 2017 : Ward Needs Rest As Glovers Wait On Specialist Advice
Yeovil Town captain Darren Ward appears to be out for an indeterminate period, after his Monday trip to see a specialist about his knee. The 38 year old will be absent for Saturday's home match against Luton Town, with his ongoing issues surrounding a swollen knee that stem all the way back to January 2016, during a snowy match at Morecambe's Globe Arena.

Ward is currently starting his third spell on the sidelines during the 2016-17 season, despite attempts to ration his play a little during the second half of the campaign. With the problem becoming rather cyclic, he has been pulled out of the last two first team games and sent off to a specialist to provide some advice over what his next steps should be. Manager Darren Way hasn't really divulged a lot in today's press session, except to confirm that his captain will be missing on Saturday:

"I've spoken to Darren Ward and at the moment he needs rest. I'll have a conversation with the specialist and we'll make sure we come up with the right plan for the future of Darren."

Ward is out of contract at the end of the 2016-17 season, and with twelve games remaining of the current campaign, there may be a question of how sensible it is for him to play during that time, given the club's position in League Two is relatively secure.

On Tuesday night we learned that defender Nathan Smith will be absent with a medial knee ligament strain for another three or four weeks, putting him out until towards the end of March. Meanwhile wide man Otis Khan is still around two weeks away from his return from an ankle injury.


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2 March 2017 : Glovers Half Time Shut-Outs The Best In England
If only games of football lasted just 45 minutes. Yeovil Town's first half defensive performances have been noted by a football statistics website for their ability to keep clean sheets, up until the half time whistle at least. The Glovers have done so in 76.47% of League games this season, according to the Football League Power Rankins pages, putting them just above Manchester United (76.00%), Chelsea (73.08%) and Leeds United (70.59%) - a trio of clubs that will please those who like a bit of clickbait headline stuffing!

The statistic becomes emphasised when a 'half time' table is analysed. The Glovers would be drawing 22 of their 34 matches at the break, with them ahead in just six matches, and behind in just six matches - they've reached half time with 25 clean sheets, which points to a truck load of 0-0 scorelines being embedded in there. There's a big split in what that does in terms of home and away form though, with a Huish Park record of W5 D12 L1 being the sixth best in the division. But that is balanced by their away form, which shows them having managed W1 D10 L5 - something that ranks them as the worst in League Two.

Of course games of football last for 90 minutes, and based on a second half table of clean sheets, the Glovers would come in 50th place out of the 92 teams, with 14 of their 34 fixtures involving shut-outs. Here there is less of an imbalance between home and away matches, with the club listed as 53rd for home games, and 41st for away games.

As reported earlier in the week, the club's scoring record is mainly responsible for their lower mid-table position this season, as the lowest scorers in the division. If a table were drawn up of their defensive record this season, then they would be joint 7th, demonstrating that defensively they have been a relatively solid team this year.

For those supporters who have just witnessed their side play out two consecutive 0-0 draws against Notts County and Mansfield Town, finding out that your team is a low scoring, but low conceding team this season, may not come as a major shock! Once goals at both ends are added up, Yeovil Town turn out to be the club with the lowest number of goals at both ends of the pitch, with an average of 2.15 goals (scored and conceded) per game. The next nearest is Grimsby Town with 2.35 and Tuesday night's opponents Mansfield Town with 2.38. At the other end, Doncaster Rovers are the team to watch if you like goals flying in, with 3.18 per game.


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2 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Mansfield Town Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the selection of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison, the more serious prognosis on Nathan Smith's injury and his thoughts on the opposition's style. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Mansfield Town.


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1 March 2017 : GWSC Travel To Morecambe
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Morecambe. The match takes place at the Globe Arena on Saturday 11th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Morecambe : Saturday 11th March 2017.
Huish Park: 6.45a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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1 March 2017 : Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Morecambe are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the Globe Arena. Tickets for the match will be priced as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Aged 65 or Over and Students: £17.00; Under-18s: £6.00.

Up to three Under-14s can gain admission free of charge with a paying adult or concession. Students must hold a valid NUS Card.

Ambulant Disabled or Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay the above concessionary rate, and can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the Middle or Higher level of Disability Living Allowance.

We will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. Morecambe do have a terrace situated behind one of the goals for visiting supporters, but we are not expecting this to be open for our game.

There is no price increase for tickets purchased on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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1 March 2017 : Orient Face Court Winding Up Order As Basement Pair Get Cut Away
As if Leyton Orient's current woes couldn't possibly get worse, they are now facing a winding up order in the courts. Whilst the club themselves have remained silent on the situation, notification of such court orders are made in the London Gazette, and they have indicated that the petition was delivered by HMRC on February 2nd, with a hearing set for March 20th.

The London Evening Standard reports that they believe the debts are in the order of £250,000, relating to unpaid income tax or VAT obligations. It's a fairly irrelevant point given that the transfer window is closed, but the triggering of the HMRC court action will automatically put Orient under a transfer embargo.

Owner Francesco Becchetti is trying to sell the club, following a car-crash reign that has seen Orient plummet from 2013-14 League One Play-Off Finalists into a side that is currently in the League Two relegation zone. Last night, wins for Hartlepool United, Cheltenham Town and Notts County created a nightmare scenario for Orient and basement side Newport County, with Orient now cut six points adrift, whilst Newport are now nine points short of safety - the first time a significant gap has opened up between the relegation positions and those in safe positions.

In Orient's case that may become largely irrelevant if their club does not answer the winding up order within the next three weeks. The Leyton Orient Fans Trust (LOFT) had already arranged a special meeting to discuss the setting up of a £100,000 'fighting fund' aimed at dealing with any fall-out from Becchetti's sale of the club. However, the latest developments mean that tomorrow's meeting may have a few extra things inserted into the agenda. LOFT have admitted it is hard to know if Becchetti will fight the Court petition, to keep the value of the football club high, or whether he is prepared to risk the club being liquidated:

"How the club's owner Francesco Becchetti reacts to this winding-up order will be a clear indicator of his seriousness at selling the club as a going concern. If he settles the bill before the hearing date of 20 March then there remains a chance that the club can be sold to new owners. If he does not though, then the coming days and weeks may be the most important in Orient's 116-year history."


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1 March 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, these are now available online. The highlights include the moment that visiting keeper Scott Shearer handled a Kevin Dawson shot outside his box, as well as the Matt Dolan free kick that followed. You can also view an Alex Lawless shot that deflected wide, along with a bicycle kick attempt from Tom Eaves in the second period. Watch the video via the link below.




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1 March 2017 : Yeovil 0 Mansfield 0 : Glovers Stay As League Two Draw Kings
Yeovil Town's ninth draw in their last 13 matches saw them draw 0-0 against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, in another game of few cutting edge chances. The Glovers' best effort on goal came just five minutes into the match when Stags keeper Scott Shearer handled a Kevin Dawson lob outside his box, somehow escaping with a yellow card, but otherwise long range attempts were the norm of the day. Mansfield had their best play during the second half, but saw excellent blocks from Artur Krysiak and Bevis Mugabi denying them, ensuring that the home side did at least pick up one point from the match, keeping them in 17th place in the table.

The Glovers went into the side making two changes to the team that had drawn against Notts County on the weekend. Both were tactical, with Shayon Harrison coming in for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro as a striker. The more interesting change was the decision to bring in Ben Whitfield for Matt Butcher. As Butcher had played as a centre-back on the weekend, Whitfield's inclusion meant another formation change - 3-5-2 dropped, and a 4-1-3-2 in its place, with Whitfield operating on the right side, whilst Matt Dolan took the left side of midfield.

What would turn out to be the most significant incident of the entire match happened just five minutes into play. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison flicked on a header into the path of Kevin Dawson, and when visiting keeper Scott Shearer came out of his box, Dawson lobbed him, with the keeper clearly using his hands outside his area. After a lengthy delay, referee Chris Sarginson decided the offence was only worthy of a yellow card, despite much of the home support believing that it deserved more than that. The big question for Mr Sarginson to answer was whether he believed Dawson's attempt to be heading towards goal - if it was then he needed to be raising a different coloured card.

Matt Dolan's free kick from the set play was saved by Shearer, in what would turn out to be the club's only on target attempt on the night. In terms of open play, the Glovers started quite well, with a Bevis Mugabi attempt going wide, whilst an Alex Lawless shot deflected off a Mansfield defender, leaving Shearer scrambling to avoid the ball going out for a corner.

It took around 25 minutes before the play-off chasing visitors began to find the sort of form that has seen them rising up the table. Chris Hamilton shot well over the bar, before a Ben Whiteman effort was much closer. Hamilton later tried to lob a ball over goalkeeper Artur Krysiak but it landed on the roof of the net. The sense was that the closer you got to half time, the more the Stags had got a foothold in the game.

That theme continued after the break, even if it commenced with Ben Whitfield firing over the crossbar on his 21st birthday, after good interplay with Matt Dolan. At the other end, Mansfield's Ben Whiteman was denied twice within the space of seconds, as Artur Krysiak blocked his shot with his legs. The loose ball span back to the same Stags player, who returned the shot, only to find Bevis Mugabi throwing his body in the part of the goal that Krysiak couldn't cover.

Yeovil's attacking play was beginning to fizzle out, and Shayon Harrison was replaced by Tom Eaves, and the visitors looked the most likely to snatch the points. Krysiak had to produce a strong parried save from Krystian Pearce inside a crowded goalmouth. However, his defence were a tad fortunate when a Joel Byrom free kick found substitute Pat Hoban in clear space, but the striker seemed to mistime his jump, with the ball instead coming off the player's shoulder and wide.

As the game ended, Tom Eaves had a couple of attempts go wide of the goal frame - once when he was set up by Ben Whitfield but put over the bar, and another where he dragged his shot well wide. In the closing minutes, Brandon Goodship was introduced as a late substitute in another formation change - as the most advanced midfielder in a diamond formation, but he never really got a chance to get into the game. Despite plenty of late Mansfield intent, Yeovil managed to hold out for another 0-0 draw, and another week spent in 17th place. Most concerning though will be that they've now gone 282 minutes without scoring, and in the last two matches they've managed only two shots on target. The strikers aren't entirely at fault for that, given they are often feeding on scraps, but it's easy to see why Yeovil are the division's lowest goalscorers at present.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
8. Alex Lawless
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (61 mins for Shayon Harrison) 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (81 mins for Ben Whitfield) 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James

Mansfield Town:
1 Scott Shearer
16 Hayden White 5 Krystian Pearce 2 Rhys Bennett 3 Malvind Benning
4 Lee Collins
18 Alexander MacDonald 26 Joel Byrom 28 Benjamin Whiteman 22 Christopher Hamilton
7 Shaquile Coulthirst

Substitutes:
8 Alfie Potter (79 mins for Shaquile Coulthirst) 9 Pat Hoban (66 mins for Alexander MacDonald) 11 James Baxendale 12 Brian Jensen 17 Yoann Arquin 23 Ashley Hemmings 24 Jamie McGuire (54 mins for Hayden White)

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (foul, 58 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 74 mins)

Mansfield Town Bookings: Scott Shearer (handball, 5 mins), Hayden White (foul, 44 mins), Shaquile Coulthirst (foul, 52 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,766 (with 111 Mansfield Town supporters).


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1 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the game, his side's problems in front of goal, and the form of Bevis Mugabi can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Home Game.


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1 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town.


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